Aaron Morley talks Bolton Wanderers play-off chances, Gillingham & makes Rochdale admission

Aaron Morley believes it is now make or break for Bolton Wanderers in their hopes to reach the League One play-offs as the midfielder targeted winning most of their remaining games this season, starting with Gillingham.

Wanderers are currently eight points from the top six as things stand and have 11 matches left in their campaign.

They travel to Priestfield tomorrow to take on a Gills side currently in the relegation zone but three points from safety.

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Bolton are seeking to return to winning ways against the Kent side following last weekend’s 2-0 loss on the road to MK Dons.

And Morley admits there is now little margin for error for Wanderers if they hope to be in the play-offs in May as he previewed the clash at Priestfield.

He said: “Every game from now until the end of the season is important but we know, coming off a loss, we need to step things up and we need to get the win to get our play-off push back on track.

“I think we’re only seven or right points off the play-offs and 11 games, anything can happen. Hopefully, it will go our way.

“That’s what the focus is from now and hopefully it can happen.

“We need to just concentrate on the next game and hopefully get the results we deserve. Since I came in we have been performing well – and, yes, there have been a couple of slip-ups but we still have time to put them right.

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“We reacted well after the Burton loss and we need to do the same on Saturday.

“Everyone has put a great week of training so hopefully we can sort it out.

“11 games left and hopefully we can push. It’s a massive chance for us and we know we can do it. It’s just putting in the performances every week.

“We know how they play – set pieces and throw-ins. So hopefully we can dominate the ball and get the three points.

“There are 11 games left now and if we want to make the play-offs we know we need to win most of them. “

“I think they were right at the bottom of the league at the start when I came in and they’ve obviously got some great results and we know they’re a very physical team and we need to dominate the ball if we want to get anything out of the game.”

Morley, who has just turned 22, made the move to Wanderers in January from Rochdale on a three-and-a-half year deal.

He has made 10 appearances so far for Bolton and been a near ever present since joining the club in mid-January.

Morley has spoken on the making the move from Spotland and admits it was a ‘no-brainer’ to join Wanderers, as he believes his old side will be safe from relegation in League Two.

The central midfielder is surprised by how much he has played since making the switch from the Dale, as he pinpointed the increased pace of the game as the prime difference between League One and League Two.

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He said: “I watched them (Rochdale) on Tuesday and they played well. I think they will be OK.

“It was a no-brainer for me because I was here when I was a kid and had loved it. When Bolton came in for me it was a case of getting it done and getting it over the line.

“I wouldn’t say it was easy but I think I’ve settled in quite well and I’m showing what I can do and hopefully I can just keep doing that.

“Obviously the first game I came in, I started and ever since then, I think I’ve only had two games off. I weren’t expecting it but I knew that if I put the work in during training then I would get my chance and I just need to take my chance now.

“I think it was the first game we’ve lost when I’ve started on Saturday, against MK Dons. All the lads have been great with me and I back my own ability.

“At Rochdale they needed me on the ball to make things tick but everyone here can hold the ball and make the team tick. It’s great playing with better players.

“It’s just a lot more intense and obviously the players are a lot better.

“It’s a lot higher. There are big teams – Rotherham and Wigan are doing well. The tempo change between League Two and League One is a big difference and you know you have to be at your best to get the three points.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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