Date: 3rd April 2014 at 9:39pm
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Manager Chris Hargreaves has called on the team to do something it has failed to do all season long really, be ruthless in both boxes and give us every opportunity to really turn our season around over the coming six matches – starting with an easy test against second placed side Scunthorpe United.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the game the gaffer knows that one slip from a set piece effectively cost us the Southend match, and even a point would’ve given everybody more hope than no points did, so for him it’s about selecting a starting XI that fight, battle, and leave everything they have on the pitch this weekend.

‘We had a few reality checks after the game and talked about the important of both boxes. Set pieces are often the different between winning and losing. The desire to stay with your man is so important. My passion, desire and expectations will always be the same, and those who are with me, will stay with me. Those who aren’t, will not stand in my way.’

It’s an unfortunate side effect I guess of where we find ourselves in the league given the season we have had, but more and more of the comments coming from our manager do centre squarely around the desire and passion of the players and with every passing week it does start to sound more and more like there might be a split in the camp between those who really care, and those who maybe don’t care as much.

And in some ways that is to be expected, and it’s an unfortunate part of football when you struggle, and in other interviews the gaffer has talked about those players on the books needing to prove that they care about the club and earn a new contract irrespective of what happens to our league status, and for others who will remain under contract, to prove that he should be looking at them next season in whatever rebuild he decides to undertake.

‘I expect to win every game and I have done since I came into the club. The reality has been different and the reality has disappointed me, but my desire to do well and produce players hasn’t diminished one percent.’

Scunthorpe would be the most unlikely of victories really, but then again so was the victory over Rochdale, so the players can do this, they have proven it.

We just need them to do it again and then get on a truly fantastic run as we still have 18 points to play for, and as things stand we only have to make up seven, so it’s not impossible.