‘We’ve got to be positive at this stage of the season’
AS THE race for the League Two playoffs intensifies, Matt Bloomfield wants Wycombe Wanderers to relax and enjoy their final five games of the season,
The midfielder’s last-gasp equaliser earned the Chairboys a 1-1 draw at York City at the weekend and drew them level on points with seventhplaced AFC Wimbledon.
Despite the disappointment of only drawing at Bootham Crescent and in spite of the high stakes at the stage of the season, the 32-year-old encouraged his teammates to relish the run-in.
“Everyone’s slightly disappointed that we didn’t put in a performance and win the game but we’ve got to be positive and look forward to three games in a week,” Bloomfield said.
“We’re excited for the end of the season, there’s no point being down. We know there’s four, five, six teams in the hunt for that seventh place.
“You’re going to find some weird and wonderful results at this time of the season because the pressure is on different teams.
“These are exciting times for us – we’ve overachieved this year again on our budget.
“Nothing’s going to be gained by being down on ourselves and moping about the place, so we have to be positive and look forward.”
The experienced campaigner has often featured in deeper midfield positions and as a result Saturday’s late equaliser was his first of the season.
Bloomfield believes that the energetic natures of his midfield counterparts means he has not forged forward as frequently this term.
“It’s been a while – too long – since I’ve scored,” he said.
“I’ve deserved to get a couple more this season but it hasn’t quite happened.
“When you’re playing with someone with Luke (O’Nien)’s energy then more often than not he’s been the one getting forward.
“I’ve played the holding role a bit as well so it’s not happened. I just took a chance there and luckily it fell for me – there have been loads of times when it hasn’t fallen.”
In diving forward to score the goal, Bloomfield took a kick from defender Dave Winfield and fractured his arm in the process, an injury that could rule him out for the rest of the season.
Wycombe entertain Barnet on Saturday.