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White: Plenty of positives

7 August 2013

Defender says Blues have much to build on following their first two games of the season.

Blues skipper John White says there were plenty of positives to take from the narrow 1-0 defeat to Championship side Yeovil Town on Tuesday night.

Mark Phillips and Barry Corr both went close late on, but Gary Johnson’s side held on to progress to the next round of the Capital One Cup.

While John was disappointed not to have taken the game to extra time, he says the two home games that have kicked off Blues’ season have given them a lot to build on over the coming weeks.

He said: “There’s more to come from everyone I think, not just the players who were out there tonight but the squad as a whole.

“I think we were unlucky not to take the game to extra time in the end, both the chances at the end were head in hands moments as they almost found the back of the net.

“But we played some good football and there’s a lot of positives to take from the game. I think we ran them closer than they would’ve been hoping for, they were certainly quite nervous at the end.

“We’ve got two positive defensive performances to build from too. The clean sheet on Saturday was great and then Yeovil didn’t really create too much this evening.

“I think we just need to find that little bit of extra quality at times and that will come over the next few games.”

Defeat means Blues can now concentrate on League 2 until the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Despite the obvious disappointment of being knocked out the Cup, White says in a way it’s a good thing as now they can focus solely on picking up more points.

He added: “We are a bit down at having gone out of the competition but we’ll now be looking ahead to Saturday and the game against Hartlepool.

“We gave ourselves a platform to go from with the 1-0 win against Plymouth on Saturday so we’ll be looking to make it two wins from two.

“Hartlepool is never a nice place to go and try and get the three points but we’ll go there confident we can do just that.

“They are a very hardworking team that try and stop you from playing but we need to win the battle and play our game and then we’ve got every chance of coming away with the three points.”

It will be White’s first away game as captain on Saturday at Victoria Park, and he’s already enjoying like as Blues’ skipper.

“It’s great to have the armband, a real honour,” he said. “I hope it will bring the best out of me as a player and as a leader.

“Hopefully on Saturday come 5pm I’ll have won my first away game as captain and we’ll be travelling back to Essex with the three points.” 

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