BLACKBURN Rovers must treat every match between now and the end of the season as a cup final if they are to make one last desperate push for the play-offs.
That is the verdict of fired-up midfielder Jason Lowe ahead of today’s visit of relegation-threatened Yeovil to Ewood Park.
Lowe knows that Rovers realistically need to take maximum points from their final four games of the campaign if they are going to gatecrash the top six.
And that is why the 23-year-old firmly believes they must prepare for each match as if there is a prize at stake.
Lowe said: “The season is absolutely not over. Obviously we’d prefer to be at the top of league but if somebody had said this time last year we would have four games left and four points to make up, we would have taken that.
“We are going to be confident and we’re going to give it everything we’ve got.
“We’ve got four big, big games, four cup finals, and we’ve got to go into every single one of them with the mentality of winning and hopefully we can do that.
“If we can take care of our own business then anything can happen.”
Lowe reckons it will be a mentality shared by Rovers’ next three opponents as Birmingham City and Charlton Athletic, like Yeovil, face a scrap for survival.
The England U21s international said: “Like us they are teams playing with a lot at stake.
“We know Yeovil are not going to come here and roll over.
“It’s going to be a fight and we’re going to have to dig in and put in a good performance to get the win.”
Rovers go into today’s penultimate home match of the season four points behind sixth-placed Reading.
But the gap to the Royals would be two points had Rovers not thrown away a two-goal lead in last weekend’s 3-3 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.
It was the sixth time in 2014 that Rovers have failed to secure three points after being in a winning position.
Lowe said: “I don’t think many teams, if any, have cut us open.
“We’ve been our own biggest faults at times this year.
“Is it inexperience? I don’t know.
“If you look at Sheffield Wednesday and where their play (for their equaliser) came from, then possibly.
“But we still should have dealt with the long ball. We blocked it, it pinballed off my leg, went back into the mix and obviously the lad finished it.
“These things can happen but the fact they have happened time and again means we need to address them and learn from them very, very quickly and move on.”