The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY - By Matt Wright

MARK Beevers ad­mits it will be hard to blank out what is hap­pen­ing else­where, as Bolton look to avoid rel­e­ga­tion against Not­ting­ham For­est.

It is sure to be a fran­tic fi­nal day in the Cham­pi­onship, par­tic­u­larly at the foot of the ta­ble, with Bolton one of five teams try­ing to scram­ble to safety.

Their fate is out of their hands, how­ever, af­ter last Sat­ur­day’s de­feat at fel­low strug­glers Bur­ton plunged them into the drop zone.

Due to their poor goal dif­fer­ence, Wan­der­ers will have to beat For­est at the Macron Sta­dium to have any chance, while at the same time they’ll be hop­ing for favours else­where.

With news of goals from other games likely to spread via the crowd, cen­tre-back Beevers, 28, said: “It’s pretty dif­fi­cult to blank stuff like that out, to be hon­est.

“Ev­ery­one comes out and says they’re not go­ing to be think­ing about what the other teams are do­ing and some might say they don’t want to know.

“I think that’s false be­cause it is nice to know.

But, at the same time, 100 per cent of your con­cen­tra­tion has got to be on what you’re do­ing on the pitch.

“I’m sure our fans will be giv­ing us some in­di­ca­tion and it would be nice for us to go 3-0 or 4-0 up af­ter half an hour. That would be fan­tas­tic!

“I’m ask­ing our fans to get right be­hind us on the day be­cause they def­i­nitely can be our 12th man.”

Bolton’s end-of-sea­son slump has seen them lose six of their last seven games, which is threat­en­ing to drop them back into League One af­ter a year.

Un­like the other teams fac­ing rel­e­ga­tion, the Trot­ters will not be up against op­po­nents with some­thing to play for, as For­est are com­fort­ably clear of dan­ger.

Ex-Sh­effield Wednes­day and Mill­wall de­fender Beevers said: “For an out­sider look­ing in, that prob­a­bly does help us, with other teams hav­ing tough games against sides push­ing for the play-offs or pro­mo­tion.

“Then they look at our game and might fancy us, but we can’t look at it in that way. We’ve just got to knuckle down and per­form against the team in front of us, and that’s For­est.

“We need to go out there, win and, hope­fully, af­ter 90 min­utes that’ll be enough.”

HON­EST: Mark Beevers

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