The squad that Billy Davies has inherited on his return to The City Ground have been urged to treat the remainder of the season as a 16-game season and ‘go for it’.Caretaker boss Rob Kelly delivered the message as he prepares the side for tomorrow’s clash against Bristol City at Ashton Gate (kick-off 3pm).
He said: “We are still within striking distance of the top six and there are 48 points to play for. The challenge is still very much on but we have to start bridging that gap.
“There are a number of clubs in a similar position to us but we’ve got to believe we have the ability to be in with a shout.
“There is a good group of players here and it’s a question of them putting it together. The top six is in reach for us and while that is the situation we shall go for it.
“From the outside it might appear as though it has been a difficult week but we are focussed on the Bristol City game and will be doing everything we can to get the three points that will kick-start us again.
“It’s not been the easiest week – it never is when a manager loses his job – but footballers and football people just want to get on with playing the game.
“The football side of things is what we all enjoy most of all and in training yesterday they were very bright and looking forward to the weekend.”
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