Gillingham boss Andy Hessenthaler wants players to give their all in crucial clash at Northampton.

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Gillingham boss Andy Hessenthaler wants a repeat of his side’s impressive performance against Swindon to keep their play-off hopes alive when they visit Northampton tomorrow.

His side overcame Paolo Di Canio’s side 3-1 at Priestfield, but because of results elsewhere it means they are still four points short of Crewe with six points to play for.

Hessenthaler knows that they will also need a great deal of luck if they are to sneak into the promotion race.

“It was great last week, but the focus is on this week,” he said. “It’s been a nice week for the boys off the back of a really good performance.

“We have got to try to win the game on Saturday and hope results go for us and that it can come down to the last game against Morecambe.

“We want to put the same performance on, that’s what our aim is.”

Northampton sit 20th in League Two with nothing left to play for, but Hessenthaler knows his side will be up against it at the Sixfields Stadium.

“It’s their last home game of the season and I’m sure there are players playing for their future,” he said.

“It doesn’t make it any easier for us, we have got to worry about ourselves.

“We are coming to a stage of the season where it could mean nothing, because if we don’t win on Saturday the season is over for us. We are just asking for a bit of Lady Luck.

“We have brought this upon ourselves, we wanted to finish in the top three. We haven’t given up hope, we have got a chance.

“We have just got to go for it. At Oxford we went for it and played four forwards to win the game, it turned out we kept a clean sheet and couldn’t score.

“We look like we have got goals in us, not just the centre forwards, but people like Chris Whelpdale who has 12 this season.

“That gives me a lot of hope that we can go there and score goals.”

Andy Frampton is a doubt with a virus, but may well recover in time, but if not Hessenthaler is confident that injury-hit defender Simon King will be able to step into the breach.

Whelpdale, who bagged a brace against Swindon, is having a scan on his knee as a precaution but should be fit to play.



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