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Jones - 'Dont Give Up'

Yeovil skipper Nathan Jones is calling on the Glovers' fans to not give up hope and get behind them at the City Ground tomorrow night.

'It's going to be a hard task, but the tie is definitely not dead,' said Jones.

'If we can score first then it's game on. To be fair I thought we played well in the first leg. We were quite fluent in our play and we have to take heart from that performance.

'Just to get through to a play-off final is good motivation. Wembley is a fantastic stadium and it would be a brilliant occasion - and we want to be part of that game. We don't want to be on holiday, we want to be there.

'Last Friday the crowd were fantastic and we really need to recreate that at the City Ground. We need as many fans going as possible as we know they can help us and drive us on.

'Forest will have a lot of fans there so we need to match them and really spur us on for what will potentially be a magnificent evening.

'We know Forest are a good side and have a good defensive record, but I think we have shown enough to know that we can open them up and score against them.

'But we need to perform as well, if not better, that we did last Friday - and obviously try to keep a clean sheet.'

Shaun Barker reckons Blackpool's fine home form will be enough to see them to victory against Oldham and book a trip to Wembley.

Barker played a key role in the first-leg 2-1 success at Boundary Park, heading the Seasiders into a second-half lead with his sixth goal of the season. Now Barker feels confident that he and his team-mates have the upper hand and can hammer home their advantage.

'We've got to be patient at Bloomfield Road, but if we play like we are capable of we should go through,' said the 24-year-old defender.

'I think the fact that Oldham now have to come out and take the game to us will be good for us. It's sometimes what we are good at - soaking up the pressure and then hitting teams on the counter-attack with our pace and skill.'

'Some of the football we've played, especially at Bloomfield Road, has been unbelievable, so that stands us in good stead.

'I know other clubs are impressed because there has been talk about the way we've been playing this season.

'We pass the ball about like no other League One team, but the good thing is that we're able to play another way too.'

Oldham midfielder Gary McDonald has been declared fit for the match at Blackpool. McDonald suffered a bang on the cheek during Sunday's first game and there were fears he may need X-rays, but the injury has settled down.

McDonald, the scorer of seven goals this season, has been a regular member of John Sheridan's team, although Craig Rocastle also has claims to start the big match.

Club officials, meanwhile, say fans will have a 'quick and easy' way to buy tickets if Oldham reach the play-off final.

Oldham have been told they will receive an initial 25,000 tickets for Wembley, if they manage to get past Blackpool. No Wembley tickets would be on sale from Boundary Park as Athletic plan to use Ticketmaster. This means all purchases must be either online or via telephone. Season-ticket holders are due to receive a reference number in the next few days, speeding up the selling process.

Chief executive Alan Hardy said: 'It's a very short period of time between the semi-finals and the final, and our ticket office can only handle up to 2,500 tickets per day. We don't want people queuing up at the ticket office for four hours.'

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Date:Thursday May 17 2007

Time: 12:04PM

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think its forest through to be honest ... cannot see it any other way
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17/05/2007 12:08:00

Yeovil still have a small chance of progression but that is all. Blackpool sound like Brazil according to their players, lets hope they make *****s out of themselves - if they were that good they would have got automatic promotion.
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17/05/2007 12:19:00


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