Get me 85 points - Westley
Boro boss Graham Westley has set his side a target of 85 points to gatecrash the play-off party in the Blue Square Premier. Boro currently sit in fourth place in the table having accrued 50 points from their 31 games and Westley has challenged his squad t
Boro boss Graham Westley has set his side a target of 85 points to gatecrash the play-off party in the Blue Square Premier.
Boro currently sit in fourth place in the table having accrued 50 points from their 31 games and Westley has challenged his squad to maintain their current form with other clubs potentially suffering from a fixture pile-up in the wake of the big freeze.
To achieve Westley's target, Boro can only drop another 10 points before the end of the season but the Boro chief feels he has a squad capable of staying in the top five come the end of April.
"If we get to 85 points then we are likely to be in the play-offs - it might not even take that," Westley told The Comet. "If we aim for that sort of target then we would be very unlucky not to get in the top five.
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"The good thing though is that we have our own destiny in our hands thanks to the run that we've been on. We have put ourselves in a decent position bearing in mind the start we had and then the dip in November.
"We have got ourselves on a bit of a roll and if we keep that going then everything else will look after itself."
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With Boro having played at least three more games than most of their play-off rivals, the amount of postponements could count in the club's favour as the likes of Kidderminster, Torquay and Wrexham struggle to fit their games into a hectic schedule.
But Westley insists he is not looking at what other clubs are doing and believes Boro could also be dragged into a busy run of matches if they get into the semi-finals of the FA Trophy.
"I'm doing my best not to look at the fixture congestion of others. The bottom line is that if we keep winning games then we will be in the play-offs.
"Other clubs have got to play more games but we also could have a lot of fixtures to play in a short period of time if we beat Forest Green in the FA Trophy.
"We don't really want to get in a situation where we're playing Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday but, having said that, I think we've got as good a squad as any to cope with a demanding schedule.