Dawson urges final push
Stephen Dawson has told his Bury team-mates to put the blame game on hold until after the final day.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 07/05/10 3:15pm
Bury captain Stephen Dawson has told his team-mates to put the blame game on hold until after the final day.
Dawson admits the Shakers have blown a great opportunity of already clinching a League Two play-off spot by winning just two of their last 14 games.
And despite losing 3-0 at home to Torquay last Saturday, they still have hope of a top-seven finish as they travel to Northampton on Saturday.
Bury, who lost to Shrewsbury in last year's semi-finals after missing automatic promotion by just one goal, must win at the Sixfields Stadium and hope that either Dagenham or Morecambe slip up.
"It's easy to point fingers now but we've got one game left and there's no point in negativity right now," Dawson told skysports.com.
"We know we haven't been good enough since beating Rochdale in February. We can't buy a win and it's happened at the wrong stage of the season.
No more excuses
"We know as individuals we weren't good enough yet again against Torquay but there's no more excuses. We've got to lift ourselves for Northampton.
"We haven't been as confident as we were at the start of the season and it hasn't been a nice place to be the last few weeks, but we've still got a chance."
Bury are one point behind Dagenham, who visit rock-bottom Darlington, but have an inferior goal difference.
Morecambe are two points ahead of the Shakers with a better goal difference and host Aldershot, already assured of a play-off place, in the final league game at Christie Park before the Shrimps move into their new stadium this summer.
But Dawson, who was named Bury's player of the year for the second straight season in midweek, feels it could work in their favour that they can't settle for a draw and hope that will be enough.
"There's no point being cautious because a draw won't be good enough," added the Irish midfielder, who is out of contract this summer.
"We know we have to win, it's as simple as that. We've got to have no fear and just go for it. It's going to be tough but we know exactly what we've got to do now.
"We'll take a big following down there and we need everyone to stick together.
"It's a very big game for the club. Our end will be a sell-out, so I hope the fans will get right behind us and we'll give it our all."