Paul Foot: Our focus is on the big game

Boro boss Paul Foot
Boro boss Paul Foot

Our previous game against this week’s opponents Bamber Bridge had quite an unpleasant conclusion.

The game was abandoned after half an hour due to a horrible injury to Chris Bolder, one that has ruled him out for a long time.

We want to be up there at the end of the season, in fact we want to be the best.

Paul Foot

I wasn’t at the game, but in the aftermath a few things were said and since then there has been a bit of speculation in the build up to the next meeting between the sides.

From a personal note, I think both clubs will have a bit more to concentrate on, rather than any animosity.

We are both in contention for a place in the play-offs and we have mentioned many times about the cup finals we have remaining this season.

I’m sure Bamber Bridge will see it the same.

Last week we put in a poor performance against Lancaster City, so we need to bounce back in what is a huge six-pointer.

We want to be up there at the end of the season, in fact we want to be the best.

If that is the case then you have to beat the teams at the top and win the big games, as well as picking points up against the sides towards the bottom of the table.

We may have been a goal down when the game was abandoned, but I don’t think that will get inside our lads’ heads.

We are a different animal now.

There is no passing the buck and pointing the fingers at previous managers, because we were involved in that set-up at the time.

For example I don’t think that we’d have got a point on Saturday earlier this season, I feel that we’d have lost that one.

The thing is, when we went in the changing room on Saturday it felt like we’d lost because the lads were that gutted about it.

You should have seen the mood, and that was after a point and a clean-sheet.

There is no fear in our camp now and I know we are relishing these big games coming up. Starting with Saturday.

One result I was looking out for on Saturday was North Ferriby’s FA Trophy semi-final against Bath.

I was delighted that they booked their place in the final against Wrexham.

I’m thinking about going to Wembley to watch it because the club has been a big part of my life.

I was captain of the team that moved up to the Conference North, but I wasn’t getting any younger and they obviously had to bring in other players, which led to me moving to Boro.

It will be interesting in the build-up to the game because Bryan Hughes has his links with Wrexham. No doubt we’ll have to be kept apart.