Defensive display pleases Ryan despite pondering what might have been
Ryan Cresswell says Blues were left slightly disappointed following the 1-1 draw with Bury in the FA Cup second round, after going so close to winning it late on.
Michael Timlin and Barry Corr both hit the post in quick succession the dying seconds of an enthralling FA Cup tie, and Ryan admits going so close left Blues thinking what might have been.
The defender, though, felt the game itself was pretty even and was pleased with the way Blues dealt with Bury.
Ryan said: “The lads were a bit disappointed having gone so close but when you look at the game overall both sides enjoyed good spells. I did think we'd snatched it at the end though. I'm not sure how it didn't find the back of the net.
“It could have gone either way but I thought defensively we dealt well with what Bury threw at us.
“Even in the last few minutes their full back was getting forward and attacking but we made some important blocks and interceptions.
“They are doing well at the moment in League 1 in terms of form and their league position is false, so to come here and take it to a replay is a positive for us.”
Bury went ahead from the penalty spot after the referee felt Ryan had committed a foul. The defender though wasn’t convinced.
“I’m not really sure it was a penalty to be honest,” he added. “We both sort of jumped and fell to the floor.
“It was a bit harsh for me and I was a bit surprised he’d given it but that’s how it goes sometimes.
“We showed excellent character to come back into the game and Gavin scored a very good goal.
“The second half was pretty open so we had to stay strong defensively and although it could’ve been won on the day, we’re pleased to be in the hat.”