KEITH SOUTHERN says Championship survival hopefuls Town need tunnel vision as they try to follow their resounding 3-0 win over Millwall with victory at basement side Bristol City.
But as successive triumphs for the first time since October are targeted, the experienced midfielder warned: “Don’t be surprised if it goes right to the final game.”
Sizzling goals by Jermaine Beckford (2) and James Vaughan at the John Smith’s lifted Town to three places and three points above the drop zone with two games to go.Related content
But they could slip a place to 20th if Blackburn draw or win their game in hand away to Millwall tonight. And Peterborough v Sheffield Wednesday is a late kick-off on Saturday, so Town may not know if they are safe or not until 7pm that night, even with a win at Ashton Gate.
Town host neighbours and relegation rivals Barnsley on the final day of the season, May 4, when all Championship games start at 12.45.
And Southern, who came on as a substitute against Millwall, added: “We’ll be going for the two wins as I wouldn’t be surprised if we find other results go against us again.
“It’s such a tight league, you don’t know what you need to stay up. One win or four points could do it, but we need tunnel vision on getting six points.
“This division is just so tight, and there’s not a great deal between many of the sides.
“We might be near the bottom, but there’s a feeling we’re as good as most.
“A lack of consistency has let us down, and there’s a bit of ‘could have and should have’ after the bright start we made. Don't forget we were still in the top six in November.
“Now the aim is to make sure we end the season in consistent style, then take up where we left off next time around.”
Southern praised the quality of the goals which hoisted Ton back out of the bottom three, saying: “They were brilliant finishes which deserved to win any game.
“On too many occasions we’ve not been able to pair Becks and Vaughany due to injuries or suspensions, but they’re a Premier League strikeforce on their day.
“It was a lively performance against Millwall and with a bit more luck, we could have been two or three up at half-time.
“But we showed great determination and application to get two more goals in the second half and see the job through to earn three valuable points.”
Bristol City are already preparing for life in League I after their relegation was confirmed by the 1-0 home defeat by Birmingham a week ago.
Managing director Jon Lansdown says the West Country club, who drop after six years in the second tier, are ready to sell players.
“Our hand is not forced into anything but there is bound to be movement over the summer,” he said. “We have got some talented players and they are sure to attract interest.
“If you’re getting offered good money for players and they want to go then you’re not going to stand in their way.”
City, managed by Sean O’Driscoll, announced a club-record loss of £14.4m for the year ending May 2012, with their wage bill rising from £15.9m to £18.6m.
But Lansdown insists they will remain competitive in League I, even with budget cuts, adding: “We’ll be one of the bigger clubs in the division, with one of the bigger budgets.”