‘We’ve got to be pos­i­tive at this stage of the sea­son’

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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.

Matt Bloom­field

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