Gestede: We have the belief to make the play-offs

Rudy Gestede

Rudy Gestede

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor

STRIKER Rudy Gestede is determined to ensure Blackburn Rovers keep their belief as they hunt down a place in the Championship play-offs.

Gary Bowyer’s men are seven points behind this afternoon’s opponents Reading but have a games in hand on the sixth place Royals.

And Gestede knows that, whatever the result at the Madjeski Stadium today, Rovers have to believe they can get in the top six.

The 25-year-old experienced promotion to the Premier League with Cardiff City last season and is keen to repeat the feat this time around.

He said: “We are not far from the play off places and we still believe we can do it.

“With 16 games to go you never know what can happen.”

Asked if Gestede had a message for the players in the Rovers squad who have not experienced a promotion push before he added: “Keep believing because the season is long.

“Have belief in yourself and win games. Everyone is focused and believes we can get into the play offs.”

And, despite any defeat at Reading this afternoon extending that gap to sixth to 10 points, Gestede insists the outcome won’t make or break Rovers’ season.

He added: “Even if we lose the next two games it is nothing because there is still so many games to play.

“Of course we want to win games not to lose or get a draw. We go to Reading to win the game and get points.

“At the moment we are still in the race even if we are seven points behind Reading.

“It is going to be hard to win each game but we are going to do the best we can do. We have a good team and a good side.”

Rovers go into the match having had two weeks without a game while Reading were in action last Sunday, winning 3-1 at QPR.

And Gestede believes the extra rest Rovers have enjoyed could play a part both this afternoon and in the long term picture with Rovers facing eight, and possibly nine, games in March.

He said: “It was good to have some time off and think about something else because now we are going to be focusing until the end of the season and we know we can do something.

“March could be a key month but there is still a lot of games in April. There are a lot of points to play for.”

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10:56am Sat 22 Feb 14

MatthewCA says...

10 game we need to WIN from 16 to stay alive in the top six............Still it is a "hope"......

All the Best for Today, because we are chasing a top 6 team. must WIN game to stay alive in the table.
10 game we need to WIN from 16 to stay alive in the top six............Still it is a "hope"...... All the Best for Today, because we are chasing a top 6 team. must WIN game to stay alive in the table. MatthewCA
  • Score: 5

12:14pm Sat 22 Feb 14

NealB says...

Nice to hear someone at the club admitting that we're chasing promotion. Shame our manager doesn't share that same belief. The season ticket promotion for this season promised a playoff push... Is Bowyer going to start honouring that and at least TRY and win games. Good squad of players that are underachieving right now. If the aim is to get in to the playoffs then you've got to at least have a go at the teams around you unlike we did against Forest. Today is the time to start, another draw is useless. I disagree with Rudy, defeat today and it's season over In my opinion. To big of a gap and to big of psychological blow. We need a winning mentality that we lack at the moment, that has to change by beating Reading to stand any chance of a playoff place.
Nice to hear someone at the club admitting that we're chasing promotion. Shame our manager doesn't share that same belief. The season ticket promotion for this season promised a playoff push... Is Bowyer going to start honouring that and at least TRY and win games. Good squad of players that are underachieving right now. If the aim is to get in to the playoffs then you've got to at least have a go at the teams around you unlike we did against Forest. Today is the time to start, another draw is useless. I disagree with Rudy, defeat today and it's season over In my opinion. To big of a gap and to big of psychological blow. We need a winning mentality that we lack at the moment, that has to change by beating Reading to stand any chance of a playoff place. NealB
  • Score: 0

12:41pm Sat 22 Feb 14

HDRover says...

If we lose today it's over, we will need to make up
11 points because of our poor GD, we have absolutely
no chance of doing that.
If we lose today it's over, we will need to make up 11 points because of our poor GD, we have absolutely no chance of doing that. HDRover
  • Score: -1

12:55pm Sat 22 Feb 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

We have the belief to make the play-offs! but not the skills required!
We have the belief to make the play-offs! but not the skills required! DoggydogNo1
  • Score: -3

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