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Milestone for Josh

3 April 2014

Skipper could make 150th appearance on Saturday

Skipper Josh Simpson is poised to become only the third member of the current squad to clock up 150 appearances for the Reds.

Josh will reach that milestone on Saturday if he is selected for the League One game at home to Crewe.

Dannie Bulman is the club's leading appearance maker of current players with 311 while Kyle McFadzean is two away from clocking up 150 Crawley starts and Paul Jones needs four more games to clock up 100 games for Reds. Sergio Torres has played 139 games for the club.

Josh joined the club from Peterborough in 2011 and has been a part of the two promotion-winning teams that have taken the club into the third tier of English football.

He said: "To play 150 games for any club these days is quite an achievement because there is a lot more movement of players.

"I have loved every minute of my time here. We have gone from a non-league club to beating the likes of Wolves in less than four years which is a tremendous achievement and it has been great to be part of it and to be skipper of the side as well."

What would make Josh's day even more special were for Reds to return to winning ways after four successive defeats which have killed off our play-off hopes.

"That's the most important thing of all," stressed the skipper. "We've been a bit unlucky in the last three games and should have got something from each of them, especially Tuesday night.

"But we have to put it behind us. There are still enough games (9) left for us to have a really strong end to the season. Last season we got 67 points and at the moment we have 46. Our target has to be to try and beat that. It's going to be difficult but that's our aim.

"The frustrating thing is that we have been creating chances in games. All that's been missing is the finish but it will come. As I say, there are still 27 points to play for and the manager won't let us coast now until the end of the season. We owe it to him, the club, the fans and ourselves to make sure we finish the season as well as we can."

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