Jay Spearing not allowing play-off talk to distract Whites
JAY Spearing would be happy to fly in under the radar for a play-off place.
Wanderers’ midfield enforcer reckons there has been little or no mention of promotion in the inner sanctum of the dressing room despite the club’s slow crawl to the brink of the top six.
Talk on the terraces has been much more optimistic but the on-loan Liverpool man is reluctant to jinx the good work achieved over the last two games with bold talk of Wembley or a return to the Premier League.
“We’re not getting too far ahead of ourselves, we’re still behind the pack, and we need to concentrate on getting the points game by game,” he said.
“Not one person in the dressing room has mentioned the play-offs, players, staff or the manager. We just say we’ve got a good opportunity.
“Touch wood, if we get into the play-offs it’s going to be a great end to the season and fully deserved as well. Fingers crossed that it works out for us.
“But not many people are talking about us, and that’s a good thing.”
The gap between Wanderers and the play-offs is now just two points, with Brighton and Nottingham Forest within striking distance heading into next weekend’s game at rock-bottom Bristol City.
The permutations are many with 15 points still up for grabs but Spearing refuses to think too far into the future.
“If we keep performing like we are, and picking up the three points, we’re going to put pressure on the teams above us,” he said.
“Bristol City is going to be another big game next week, and we have to forget about what everybody else is doing and just concentrate on ourselves.
“Bristol will be no different to Wolves – they came here and they wanted to play, and at some stage they were going to put us under pressure, but we finished them off early doors.”
Success against Wolves was achieved on the back of hugely dominant displays by Spearing and his midfield partner, Medo Kamara.
But the 24-year-old believes the organisation of the whole team has been the major factor in the late upturn in form this season.
“Medo has come in, he’s a solid midfielder with experience in the Champions League, so he can only be a help to the rest of us,” he said.
“We’ve all finally got the gaffer’s ideas (about how we should play) and everybody’s picking up on them – how we should play, where we should play. All the details.
“The manager wanted to get across to us how he wanted to play from the start, and now the lads know how we’re meant to play and it’s just clicked.
“The first couple of months we didn’t perform the way we wanted, now that we are, the lads are all very happy and we’ll push on and sneak up there quietly.”