DON’T dare suggest to skipper Steve McNulty that Fleetwood Town will be saving themselves at Cambridge on Saturday.
The big build-up to the first play-off clash with AFC Wimbledon at Highbury a week tomorrow is well under way and Saturday’s final fixture of the regular Blue Square Bet Premier may seem like an inconvenience.
Town have secured fifth spot, while a four-point Easter allayed any lingering relegation fears down Cambridge way, but that doesn’t mean McNulty will entertain the idea of simply playing out the 90 minutes at Abbey Stadium.
“We have never gone into a game to draw – we always go out to win and we will on Saturday,” says the 27-year-old.
Indeed, he is aware that none of the players in the side can afford to take a foot off the gas with three of the biggest games of their lives potentially at stake.
He added: “We have players sitting in the stand here who would get into any other Conference side, so of course we need to keep on playing well.”
Town’s play-off spot was assured with Monday’s 1-0 victory over McNulty’s former club, Barrow, but he denies that made the achievement any sweeter.
“No, it’s all about Fleetwood now,” he says. “We had to be gritty and ground out the result. We didn’t take them at all lightly. What was pleasing was the way we put the disappointment of Kidderminster (where Town lost on Good Friday) behind us, and didn’t let it affect us.”
Matchwinner Magno Vieira admitted he was feeling the after-effects of Friday, when illness ruled him out of the team at Aggborough.
The 22-goal Brazilian scored Monday’s all-important goal despite feeling far from 100 per cent. Vieira said: “I felt a bit frustrated and week. I felt off the pace and it was hard to get energy.”
Yet with virtually the last kick of an energy-sapping first half, Town’s top scorer bagged his most important goal yet.
But this modest hero had no desire to hog the headlines, adding: “I’m glad to have scored the goal but the whole team did very well. I’m really proud for everyone. Now we are in the play-offs anything can happen.”