Robbie Nightingale tells Cambridge City to keep on believing in relegation fight

PUBLISHED: 07:15 21 April 2017

Robbie Nightingale has overseen a dramatic turnaround in Cambridge City's fortunes since taking charge. Picture: Keith Heppell

Robbie Nightingale has overseen a dramatic turnaround in Cambridge City's fortunes since taking charge. Picture: Keith Heppell

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All down to final day drama for Lilywhites

Cambridge City’s Evo-Stik League Southern, Premier Division future will come down to a one-off home match with St Neots this Saturday.

The Lilywhites have been on a remarkable run of form, taking 13 points out of a possible 15 in April.

And into the mix, they have kept five clean sheets in those five games, the latest being a 0-0 draw at Kettering on Easter Monday.

But their status is still not secure as other results have conspired against them, and Kings Langley are keeping them in the relegation places with a superior goal difference.

“You expect some luck with some of the other results and they’ve just not gone for us,” said City manager Robbie Nightingale.

“If you’d given me 13 points in April then I would have bitten your hand off, and to follow that with 
five clean sheets is a credit to everyone involved.

“It will be difficult against 
St Neots as they are two from two and on a high from staying up, but we’re also on a high as we’re five unbeaten and we’re confident with what we’re doing. If results do go our way and we win then it will cap a remarkable achievement from this group of players.

“We’ve taken a 12-point deficit [City were cut adrift in the relegation places when Nightingale took over] and got to the last game of the season to keep us in this position.

“We’ve kept on believing and done what we’re good at and this month it’s really clicked.

“We just have to believe that we have one more game left in us.”

Nightingale has called on City supporters to come out in force for the home clash with St Neots.

“We need as many people as possible to come out and cheer us on,” he said. “It would be a massive achievement if we could claw back all those points and finish the season on a real high – it would be massive for us.”

But Nightingale is wary of the threat posed by St Neots, especially 19-goal striker Jevani Brown.

“They have the most in-form player in the league,” he said.

“He has been in unbelievable form for them.

“We have to understand they have some threats, but we have to concentrate on what we do.”

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