D-Day: What the key players in battle at bottom are saying

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Rovers are the guests with other things on their mind as they head to the Leicester party on Saturday.

But they should not expect the hosts to have one eye on celebrations and allow them to take what they need from the King Power Stadium.

The Championship trophy and a club record 30 wins in a season may be in hand but boss Nigel Pearson still wants them to reach the 100 point mark of which they currently sit a single point shy.

He said: “The most important thing is we wanted to win the league and we have done that, but 100 points gives us the opportunity to have a focus on something else.

“I want the players to enjoy themselves but I want them to remain in a winning mentality. That’s important for us.”

Foxes striker Kevin Phillips will call time on his storied career on Saturday and wants to go out with a goal.

He said: “Being a striker, there’s nothing better than hitting the back of the net.

“I’d love to do that one last time on Saturday.”

Birmingham head into the weekend in the bottom three, knowing they have to better Rovers’ result to survive.

Manager Lee Clark believes they can get the result they need against Bolton, and put pressure on their relegation rivals. He said: “Our away record is good which is a positive we can take into game.

“I believe we can get a result. We just have to give everything.

“The players have to realise whatever they’ve done in the past, this is the biggest game of their careers so far.”

Clark should expect no favours from hosts Bolton according to their boss Dougie Freedman. He said: “I’ll put a team out who will try to win a game for the club.

“I want to win games of football. And I want to finish this season at the Reebok with a win instead of a draw.”

Millwall remain in danger and would go down if they lost by two clear goals at home to Bournemouth, Rovers picked up at least a point and Birmingham beat Bolton.

But boss Ian Holloway is in a positive mood after a run of seven games without defeat.

He said: “These lads are really pleasing me because it’s going to be a fight to the death and we’ve given ourselves a chance to breathe.

“We live to fight another day. We’ll take our last run of results and hope that’s enough by the end.”