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Skipper 'gutted' after JPT Final defeat

7 April 2013

Chris Barker honoured to captain Blues, but can't hide disappointment after losing to Crewe

Chris Barker says it was an honour to lead Blues out at Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final against Crewe, but couldn’t hide his disappointment in the 2-0 defeat.

The skipper made his comeback from six weeks out with injury to lead Blues out at Wembley and managed to get through an hour before he was taken off by Phil Brown.

Barker was just pleased to be back playing again but admits that counts for little after suffering defeat to Crewe.

He said: “I was delighted to be back playing and fit again. It was an absolute honour to lead the team out today at Wembley.

“It’s a moment that I’ll never forget but at the moment all that is on my mind is the fact we have lost the game. I'm absolutely gutted.

“We didn’t get off to a great start and that was disappointing but we fought our way back into the game.

“The ball just didn’t seem to drop for us and we missed a couple of chances that could have changed everything.

“We have to learn from this experience. The older lads will have to be there for the younger members of the team over the next few days.

“It’s tough to take but we’ve got a chance to respond immediately with the game against Rochdale on Wednesday.”

Barker says he felt no problems with his injury so hopes to be involved against Rochdale this midweek. 

He added: “The injury felt fine. A week ago I probably wouldn’t have been anywhere near able to play but it’s healed up well.

“It was great to be back. Obviously I am lacking match fitness so that’s probably why I came off just before the hour.

“We’ve got a big game against Rochdale on Wednesday and hopefully I can be involved.”

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