EVER-present defender Tommy Spurr has urged Blackburn Rovers to take a gung-ho approach for the rest of the season as he believes they now have nothing to lose.
Rovers have scored eight goals and conceded six in their last three unbeaten matches after a damaging run of three straight defeats in which they scored just once.
But despite their upturn in form Gary Bowyer’s men remain outsiders to snatch a play-off spot.
Tuesday’s 3-3 draw at Watford leaves Rovers eight points behind sixth-placed Reading, albeit with a game in hand, going into Saturday’s trip to Millwall.
And Spurr says the only way they are going to claw back that deficit is by taking the game to their opposition.
“We’ve got nothing to lose,” said the left-back, who is the only Rovers player to start all 37 league matches this season.
“That’s the stage I think we’ve got to now. Obviously we’ve got to have some sort of caution but if we just go out there and play I know we can match any team in this league.
“We showed that against Leicester on Saturday and we showed that against Watford on Tuesday.
“In the first half we could have been three or four goals up and we could have put it to bed.
“But it wasn’t to be, we got a point, we’ll take that and we’ll go to Millwall on Saturday looking for three.
“I just think we’ve got to go into every game looking to win and we can do that as I believe we’ve got better players than other teams.
“I think it has been shown that when we do play well we are more than a match for anyone.”
Rovers would have been within six points of the top six had they managed to hold on to the lead David Dunn and Craig Conway had given them against Watford on Tuesday.
And Spurr feels they would have done so had referee Darren Sheldrake not penalised Todd Kane for what appeared to be an unintentional handball in the box.
The Hornets converted the resulting penalty before forging ahead with two minutes of normal time to play only to be pegged back in injury time by Rudy Gestede’s last-gasp equaliser.
“I think we should have wrapped up the three points earlier on,” said Spurr, whose long throw-ins caused Watford problems all night.
“At 2-1 I thought we were really comfortable and I didn’t feel like they were going to score and get in.
“So I thought it was a poor decision to award the penalty and harsh on Todd.
“There’s supposed to be a new rule come in that says referees are not going to give those penalties.
“But we reacted well to going down 3-2, it’s just that the game should have been out of sight by then.”