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Birthday delight for Dave Penney

17 August 2013

Blues pick up three points on assistant manager's birthday

Blues’ assistant manager Dave Penney says the three points at home to Northampton Town are the ideal birthday present.

Penney was delighted with Blues’ performance and says the confidence among the squad is excellent following a winning start to the season.

He said: “We’re very pleased with the three clean sheets and the three wins. It’s plenty to build on and it’s great to have got nine points on the board already. I’m 21 again today so to have picked up all three points is the ideal way to celebrate it, we’ll have a nice evening tonight.

“The players worked their socks off, and have done since we came back for pre-season. As staff we’ve got to keep them going, keep them believing and they will keep picking up results and points.

“I think the two changing points were Daniel Bentley’s save and the sending off. The save seemed to lift all the players and deject Northampton slightly.

“I was disappointed with the first 20 minutes but after that we started to play our football and get the ball down and pass it about.

“Then when they got a man sent off we exploited the extra space well. We saw last weekend how difficult it can be to break teams down but the first goal came at the perfect time for us really.”

Adam Thompson stepped in for the injured Mark Phillips and Penney was again pleased with the performance of the back four, and goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.

He added: “We knew what to expect from Northampton today and that we’d have to deal with a number of balls into the box.

“The two central defenders won everything in the air and we knew we’d have to do that if we were going to win the game.

“Dan also commanded his area really well and that penalty save will just give him even more confidence. There’s confidence throughout the whole squad.

“There’s also good competition. Adam came in today for Phillo, who wasn’t a million miles away from playing today, but Adam did really well and staked his claim.

“That’s what the likes of Michael Timlin, Craig Reid, Conor Clifford and Don Cowan will be hoping they can do when they get their chance.

“We’ve been a very settled side in the league games, very consistent in terms of selection. All the players in the side are working extremely hard and putting in performances to make sure they stay there.”

Dave added that Marc Laird would be assessed on Monday morning once his knock had settled after coming off in the second half against the Cobblers.

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