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We can still make play-offs

STANLEY keeper Jon Kennedy still believes reaching the play-offs is a real possibility.

CONFIDENT - Jon Kennedy.
CONFIDENT - Jon Kennedy.

STANLEY keeper Jon Kennedy still believes reaching the play-offs is a real possibility.

With just six league games remaining, the Rotherham-born stopper says anything can happen, especially as Stanley could notch up nine points over the course of the next seven days.

And Kennedy, 23, admits he will not be fazed when the Reds travel to Telford on Thursday after Stanley suffered their biggest defeat of the season to them in November, losing 5-1 at home.

Kennedy said: "It was pretty embarassing really, and we were well beaten at the time. But the season has moved on and we are doing well and need all the points we can get to keep within sight of the play- offs. There is a belief in the team that it is still a possibility as long as we keep winning and other results go our way."

Stanley entertain Conference leaders Chester City at the Interlink Express Stadium tomorrow (KO 3pm) after having no match last Saturday and playing the first leg of the Lancashire FA Marsden Trophy final against Morecambe on Tuesday night. The second leg will be played on Tuesday night at Christie Park.

Looking ahead to the Chester and Telford games, Kennedy said: "We have got a good record against the top teams in the league and we drew against Chester last year. Their season has tapered off a little bit now so hopefully we can get a good result. But we need to pick up the points from the teams lower down the league, as we should have done earlier in the season."

Telford were facing an uncertain future last week when the club announced it was in danger of going into liquidation. However, the club has now been thrown a vital lifeline and it is believed a takeover bid has been made by a 10-man consortium.

But events off the field will not have affected the players, Kennedy says. He added: "I wouldn't have thought it would put the players off. It was not going to be made bankrupt so I don't think it will get in the players' minds. They are not doing particularly well in the league but we can expect them to be up for the game."

Asked if he was out for revenge against Telford, the former Worksop, Blackpool and Sunderland ace added: "Its not a case of going for revenge as I don't tend to look back on games, I take every game individually. If there was something I didn't do successfully I will look at it after the match and see if I could have done more. I don't look at what's gone on before, we just have to make sure we are ready for the next game."

Stanley will then face Forest Green at home in a league clash on Saturday 10 April.


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