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Sutton relishing Rovers showdown

2 May 2014

Defender Ritchie Sutton wants our side to produce a good display and achieve a positive result at Bristol Rovers on Saturday, to signal our intentions for next term.

The 28-year-old has been one of our most consistent players this season – racking up 38 appearances and thus becoming a key figure in our three-man defence.

We travel to the Memorial Stadium on the back of two straight defeats, but a victory – coupled with results elsewhere – could relegate Bristol Rovers to the Conference Premier.

“It’s going to be a very tough game for us, but the main thing is that we need to finish our season on a high,” said Sutton.

“We don’t want to be going in to the close-season feeling disappointed. We need to show that we know we’ve got a good chance of pushing for the Play-Offs or promotion next season.

“I think if we get a good result on Saturday, it’s good for the fans, because it gives them something to think about [over the summer].

“So whether it sends them down or not, we’ll be looking to win the game.”

Reflecting on the campaign as a whole, Sutton continued: “We set our standards high at the beginning of the season so when we had that dip of not winning for 13 games, if we could have just picked up a couple [more] points there, we’d have been in good stead and fighting for the Play-Offs.

“We’ve got to learn from that, get the consistency for next season, and I think we’ll be right up there.”

Sutton, who has made 101 league appearances since joining us on a free transfer three years ago, is also keen to extend his stay at One Call Stadium.

He added: “I want to get something sorted as soon as possible. The gaffer knows I’m happy here and it’s where I want to play my football, so hopefully we can get something sorted and I’ll be strong next season.”

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