John Brayford says Burton Albion must go into this weekend’s clash at home to Bolton Wanderers with the same mindset that secured a 2-1 win at Sunderland last weekend.
In that game, The Brewers took a second straight victory, demonstrating the character of the squad as they overturned a 1-0 deficit with late goals from strikers Darren Bent and Liam Boyce.
That followed a fine 3-1 victory over Derby County at the Pirelli Stadium the week prior.
With two games left to play, Bolton sit 21st in the table heading into the weekend fixtures, two positions and two points ahead of Albion.
And with that in mind, Brayford says the team will be fighting and scrapping as they have all season for three points on Saturday.
"It’s well documented what sort of football club in this league we are compared to others and we’ve got to fight and scrap for every point," said the Brewers defender.
"That’s our bread and butter within our mini-league at the moment, picking points up from the other teams (around us).
"Bolton is another one - we’ve got to go in with the same mindset as Sunderland.
"It was disappointing to go in 1-0 down there but it shows the character we have got to come back with five minutes to go.
"We’ll be going for the win and see where that puts us. But we’ve just got to concentrate on ourselves.
"I know it’s the old cliche but there’s nothing we can do to change other factors apart from ourselves and the result we’ll try to get."
That point on character and resilience is backed up, Brayford believes, by how The Brewers have responded to the heavy defeat at home to Hull City earlier this month.
Those wins over Derby County and Sunderland followed that midweek defeat.
"After the Hull game most of the country wrote us off," said Brayford.
"To get ourselves in the position we’re in now after that Hull game shows a lot of spirit. A lot of teams would have thrown the towel in and thought they were gone.
"We knew we still had points to play for and if we get a certain amount, we’ll have a fighting chance.
"We’re a couple of points adrift and you’d rather be in a different position, but I’d back our lads to get the points on the board.
"There’s no getting away from it - people were down after that Hull game because we knew we should have played better and what was at stake. We felt like we threw a chance away.
"We’ve managed to turn a slight corner - there’s still stepping stones to get to the final goal - but we’ve got character and a lot of ability that people don’t often give us credit for.
"More than anything it was important to get the win here (against Derby) and get the monkey off our back. It’s our big thing and people are looking forward to playing here.
"When you do get on that run it’s difficult to get out of it. To take that momentum into the Sunderland game, it showed how we came back.
"To go into this game on the back of the result we got against Derby (means it) is one people are looking forward to."
Manager Nigel Clough praised the “magnificent” fans who cheered The Brewers on at the Stadium of Light last weekend and the Brewers will need that backing again on Saturday against Bolton Wanderers.
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