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KEITH: THE FIRST GOAL IS VITAL

19 April 2013

Midfielder previews visit of Millwall

Keith Southern has vowed that Town will do everything they can over the next three games to ensure Championship survival.

Southern believes that there is enough armour in the Town ranks to ensure safety: “I am hopeful that the squad has enough, but it’s about sticking together and doing the right things and having that tunnel vision and belief that you are going to get out of it; there is no reason why we can’t.”

The former Blackpool midfielder spoke of how unfortunate Town were against Blackburn in midweek: “They had one shot in the first half and we got done by a set-piece. I don’t think Alex Smithies has had much to do at all.”

Prior to Tuesday’s game, Town triumphed at fellow relegation rivals Wolves on Saturday and Southern believes that consistency is the key going into the final games of the season: “Games can be on a knife-edge for long spells and it’s about who hold’s their nerves and has that little bit of quality in the final third to get you over the line.

“We have just got to focus on ourselves and make sure we are physically and mentally right and if we are, we can get the results we want.”

With the tough-tackling midfielder only just making a return after having been our injured, he is more than ready to play if called upon by Mark Robins: “I’ve been out for the best part of three months and I haven’t had a lot of training but I have come through some decent run outs in the past week, so if I am called upon I am ready.

“We’ve got three games left and if we get two wins or maybe a win and a draw then it’s in our hands, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Keith expects Saturday’s game to be frantic, but believes that Town can claim victory and put distance between themselves and the relegation zone: “It’s a home game and it’s an opportunity for us to get some points on the board. Milwall aren’t entirely safe so I am sure it will be a decent game.” 

“If we score the first goal on Saturday, lift the crowd and get up and at them, we will be in a good position. There is no situation that can’t be put right with a good win; if we win on Saturday then the outlook will be far brighter.”



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