United’s draw with Port Vale reduced the gap to the play-off places to just one point, and with five games still to play manager Chris Beech spoke about the unpredictable outcomes this crazy season is still to face.
“There’ll be some twists and turns to go yet, make no mistake,” he said. “Even if Tuesday night doesn’t go well, or it might go really well, we don’t know.
“We’ll prepare for it to go really well and play against a good Bolton team. Their pitch is excellent. But you just don’t know. What I do know is the lads are hungry, they’re giving everything, you can see that in their commitment.
“What we’ve got to do is do our best within this opportunity and try and represent ourselves to the best of our abilities. If we get what we want and get in the play-offs, well done. If we don’t, we haven’t, but obviously we’re trying our best to get there.”
“There’s no way you can predict how it will go, we’re seeing results go different ways all the time,” he added. “That’s why these bookies don’t drive, they go everywhere in a helicopter.
“Predicting and trying to get things correct in football that way is never easy. I know what we need to do in terms of results to get us to where we want to be so let’s just concentrate on us and see what we can do.”
Being in a position where the Cumbrians are one of the chasing pack who are still in with a shout, he said: “It’s been very difficult, it really has. Being where we are is good and it’s something we should be proud of because of where we started and how the season has gone.
“It feels like we’ve had ten seasons in one somehow, but we’ve dealt with everything. We try our best to make sure we represent our great supporters and give them something to shout about.
“I was desperate for the goal on Saturday because I wanted all the bottles of beer of people watching on iFollow to get sprayed everywhere if we’d got a late one, because it doesn’t feel like we’ve had that moment yet.”
“We’re six games unbeaten now, and it’s good to be on a run, but there was a point a few weeks ago where we were way off, maybe 13th or 14th,” he commented. “We’ve had a real good go and we’ll continue to do that in the remaining five opportunities we’ve got.
“We’ll attack every game, but it’s important to try to not become desperate. The more you want something the harder it can be to make it happen, so we’ve got to try and find that balance.
“It was there on Saturday, we didn’t look nervous, we looked assured, and we’ve just got to concentrate on ourselves.
“We’ve got a solid, exciting home record that we’ve created this season, and it started with seven players signed to the football club. It’s been unbelievably hard work but exciting hard work.
“I did say ages ago that if we have to go up and down the M6, travel everywhere, do what we have to do, let’s try and make it worth something, and that’s all we have to do.”
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