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'We're up for it' - Wellens

1 May 2014

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Rovers lynchpin looking for success against old club.

Midfielder Richie Wellens has likened Saturday’s huge fixture against Leicester City to a play-off game.

Wellens, who has had previous experience of winning the play-offs with Rovers in 2008, said the side are “confident” ahead of the crunch clash against his former club.

“I’ve played in play-off finals before and this is probably the same, if we get a positive result we’re still in the Championship, if we don’t there’s a possibility we go back to League 1, so this is about as close as it gets.

“I’d prefer to be playing play-off finals as the excitement but obviously here there is the tension and nerves because you’ve got that fear of failing.

“We need to go there and start quickly and put it in to Leicester’s mind that we’re really up for the game and fight and battle and hopefully they might not fancy a few tackles here and there, so we need to put pressure on them early on,” he said.

With Birmingham failing to beat Bolton on Tuesday, Rovers’ fate remains in their own hands as they look to overcome a Foxes side who have amassed 99 points thus far, for the second time this season.

“I don’t think if we win its going to spoil their celebrations, they’re still going to get their trophy and will be in the Premier League, they’ve been the best team in the league. Whatever we do isn’t going to spoil their celebrations; if they give us three points then we can all have a big celebration together,” said Wellens.

The 34 year old Captain has been a big miss through injury according to Paul Dickov, who said: “Richie’s our best player and the way we want to play revolves a lot around getting Richie on the ball. He creates things, gives us confidence and helps the team by always wanting the ball. He’s been our captain for the majority of the season, he’s someone the players respect and look up to and if you take that out of the side you are missing something.”

The full interview is available on Rovers Player now.

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