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Thompson: Determined to keep his place

21 August 2013

Defender hopes he did enough against Northampton to stay in the side for Chesterfield

Defender Adam Thompson hopes he did enough on Saturday against Northampton to keep his place in the side for what he describes as ‘one of the toughest games of the season’ this weekend against Chesterfield.

Chesterfield have been tipped by many to win promotion from League 2 this season but 20-year-old Adam says Blues go the Proact Stadium full of confidence after an unbeaten start to the league campaign.

Adam made his first start for Blues last weekend against Northampton after Mark Phillips picked up a knock and missed the game. The defender is hoping he proved what he can do to boss Phil Brown and will keep his place for Saturday.

He said: “Obviously Mark picked up an injury so it gave me a chance to show the manager and the fans what I can do and hopefully I did that against Northampton.

“It was a very physical game so I just hope the manager was impressed and can see I’m up to the tough challenge that is ahead in this league this season.

“The game at Chesterfield will probably be one of the toughest games of the season because they will be right up there in April next year and of course it’s away from home.

“But I fancy us to get something from the game and build on the really good start we’ve had to the season.”

It was a great week for Adam last week. On Wednesday he captained Northern Ireland’s under-21’s and scored a goal, before making his first start for Blues on Saturday.

He said: “It was a really good week for me. I was really happy to get a goal for the national team despite the defeat and then to start on Saturday was brilliant.

“Hopefully I can get a few goals for Southend United throughout the season, I’ve got a few in the past.” 

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