Loan special - lads on Championship finale
This weekend sees the finale of an extraordinary season in the Championship - and four of our players are involved.
David Bentley, Harry Kane, Alex Pritchard and Adam Smith are all preparing for the rollercoaster final day in a division where there are incredibly only six points between Barnsley in the relegation zone and Birmingham City in 10th.
Four teams are still involved in the race for play-off places, including Harry and Leicester City.
Meanwhile, seven teams could yet finish in the bottom three, with only Bristol City mathematically relegated to League One. David, Alex and Adam will all be determined to avoid the drop with Blackburn, Peterborough United and Millwall respectively.
We spoke to Harry, Alex and Adam ahead of Saturday’s fixtures - all kicking off at 12.45pm.
Harry Kane – playing for Leicester City at Nottingham Forest – both teams can qualify for the play-offs alongside Bolton and Palace. Harry scored in a 2-1 loss against Watford last week.
“It’s so tight it’s incredible. A few months ago you wouldn’t have thought we’d be in this position but it’s happened now and we have to go to Forest in the right mind and try to get a win. We then hope Blackpool can do us a favour and get a win against Bolton. It will be tough on Saturday though. We need to do our job and see what happens. It will be an amazing atmosphere, especially with Forest involved as well. It’s a great experience to play in these games so hopefully I’ll have a part to play, get a goal and see where it takes us.”
Alex Pritchard – playing for Peterborough United at Palace – could still be relegated, Palace need a point to secure play-off place. After injury, Alex made his first start for Posh in last week’s key win against Sheffield Wednesday.
“I’d been looking for a start and to get my chance and take it was big for me. It was the biggest game of the season for Peterborough so to play 90 minutes in a game like that was fantastic. Everyone is looking forward to the challenge. No-one is looking at Barnsley (who are in drop zone at moment), it’s all about going to Palace, playing our football and believing we can win. This team can win anywhere. The pressure is on Palace as well, they need points as well so you never know what could happen. The only way to learn is to be involved in matches like this and that’s what’s happening now.”
Adam Smith – playing for Millwall at Derby – could still be relegated. He's played 28 times for the Lions, 25 in the Championship.
“It’s an experience for us all as individuals. For us, it’s a relegation battle and we could go for a draw and rely on other teams, but we’re probably better off going for a win. It’s not the greatest situation to be in, to be honest, and we’d rather be at the top end of the table in the play-offs. It’s make or break and no-one wants a relegation on their CV.”