Rob Kelly has insisted that his players will be right back at it again this weekend as they look to finish the season on a high after securing their Football League status.
The Bluebirds’ 2-0 triumph at Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday evening ensured that there will be League Two football at The Progression Solicitors Stadium in 2021/22.
However, caretaker boss Kelly has challenged the squad to finish the job off professionally in their final two games, starting with Saturday’s visit from relegation-threatened Southend United.
“I am delighted for everyone that our safety has been confirmed earlier than I thought it might be,” Kelly told us.
“I never doubted that we would get out of it because I work with these players and staff every day so I know how committed they have been to making sure Barrow are in the Football League come next August.
“We still have work to do. We have six points to play for and we want to try and get as many of them as we possibly can.
“We have a job to finish off and the last time I checked the league was over 46 games not 44.
“Players can do all the training they want but the best thing is the matches so they should relish it because we’ve only got 180 more minutes to go.
“It’s our first season back in the Football League for nearly 50 years and we’re determined to finish it on a high because we have a responsibility to ourselves and our supporters.
“We are aiming to put in another committed performance, and I have no doubt that we will.”
Kelly revealed that there a couple of players nursing knocks following the midweek encounter at The New Lawn but he doesn’t expect that to stop them from facing Southend on Saturday.
James Jones remains sidelined with a hip injury and it’s been confirmed he won’t play again this season, but Kelly is crossing his fingers that Tom Davies could come into contention this weekend after the defender returned to training.
“It was tough physically and emotionally the other night, so we have picked up a few bumps and bruises,” he explained.
“But we have only the two games to go and I think the lads have played through enough things now that they’re prepared to keep going, so we’ll be competitive and do everything we can to win the game.”