BEEVERS CAN COPE IF NEWS SPREADS FAST
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