Thomason: We've Got So Much To Play For

George Thomason insists Wanderers will give everything to maintain their top-six spot as they aim to keep the potential prize of promotion in their grasp.

The Whites stayed in the League One play-off zone thanks to four points from two games over the Easter weekend.

And while an injury-time equaliser for Cambridge on Monday means Ian Evatt’s men are above seventh-placed Derby County only on goal difference, a game in hand on their major rivals for a top-six finish means their fortunes remain in the Whites’ hands.

“Ideally you want to take those six points and we were so close to taking them, even though we didn’t play our best football on the day,” said Thomason, whose start in the Wanderers’ midfield on Bank Holiday Monday was his first since early December.

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“Four points, looking at it, over the four days could really be crucial at the end of the season. We can mould our own destiny.

“Six games to go, the destiny is in our own hands. We’ve been in and amongst the play-offs for so long this season and now it’s the crucial end to the season we can’t be dropping out.

“We’ve got too much to play for. I know the boys, the management and us as individuals are so hungry to be in the mix for it because what’s at stake is massive.

“I’m really confident within myself and within the group. We all know we’ve got so much to play for and we’re not going to let it go easily because it’s a really big incentive.

“We can only control what we can control and that’s going out, giving our best account of ourselves every game and try to win those three points to ultimately push us towards the play-offs and promotion.”

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Wanderers next go in search of points at Oxford United on Saturday as they look to extend their unbeaten away run in the league to four games.

Injuries are starting to bite for the Whites, particularly in the defensive department.

But the welcome return of Thomason from a knee injury has strengthened Evatt’s options in midfield as the 22-year-old looks to repeat the form he showed in an impressive first few months of the campaign.

And after playing for 70 minutes against Cambridge - following successive substitute appearances in the Good Friday win at Exeter and the Whites' Papa Johns Trophy final triumph at Wembley - he's aiming for a big finish to the season.

“It’s kind of like a small pinch-me moment, I suppose. You grow up as a kid wanting to play at Wembley and in front of a packed house was phenomenal,” Thomason added.

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“To have such a big turn-out for an EFL Trophy final was amazing and to get on the pitch and play my part was brilliant.

“It was a great feeling. By the time I came on the boys had done a really good job. It was 4-0 and it was just a really good and enjoyable way to come back in and get my first minutes.

“I was really happy. Not only to be there but you want to go there and win and we did that, which was pleasing.

“Usually when you play at Wembley it’s at the end of the season. In our Trophy win it was in the thick of a promotion campaign.

“It’s one we have to park. We’ve done it and given ourselves a pat on the back but we’ve got six really important games to really shape our season finale.”

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