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Blooms on Bristol Rovers

23 April 2014

Matt Bloomfield says Saturday’s game against Bristol Rovers is one of the biggest in his 10 years and 322 appearances at the club.

Wanderers go into the match level on points with Rovers with just goal difference keeping the pair above Northampton Town, who occupy the final relegation spot.

“In my 10 years at the club, this is the up there with the biggest games we’ve been involved in,” said the midfielder.

“The League Cup semi-final was a great experience and a brilliant achievement, as were the promotions, but staying in the Football League is one of the biggest challenge I’ve faced.

“It’s not been a great season and there’s no point pretending otherwise. We’ve now got two games to stay in the Football League and the importance of this match is not lost on me and the rest of the squad.

“Of course the prospect of what may happen has crossed our minds in recent weeks, and the thought of that makes me even more determined to do my upmost to keep this club up.

“Once we get on to the pitch on Saturday, all thoughts will be about beating Bristol Rovers. Nothing else will cross the boys’ minds and the whole squad are in this together.”

Chairboys go into the match on the back of Monday’s defeat at Fleetwood Town, and Bloomfield says returning to Adams Park could give the Wanderers an edge over their opponents.

He added: “There was a lot of time for reflection on the way back from Fleetwood and Gaz told us a few home truths in the dressing room. We all knew the performance wasn’t good enough and we have to put that right now on Saturday.

“The fans that travelled deserved more and the support has been excellent all season, but especially in the last few weeks when we’ve needed it the most.

“The noise against Northampton definitely helped us and we need the same again. I thrive under the pressure of games like this and if the supporters can respond again like they did last week then we won’t go far wrong.

“I’ve said before this season that talk is cheap and it’s only the performance on the pitch that counts. We now have to two huge games in the history of this club and we need everyone to be pulling in the same direction.”

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