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Barker: A welcome break

22 January 2013

Rest has come at just the right time says skipper Barker

Having played 37 games so far this season, it’s understandable that Blues have welcomed the rest ahead of Saturday’s trip to Chesterfield.

With runs in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and FA Cup, Blues have had a fixture pile-up in recent weeks and can expect more of the same next month as they face a game every Saturday and Tuesday.

Skipper Chris Barker believes the rest has come at the right time for Blues, and is hoping they return to form when they visit Chesterfield on Saturday.

“It was our 37th game of the season against Brentford on Tuesday,” said Barker. “We only have a squad of 20 so it has been tough.

“You are going to get tried whatever league you’re in and whatever standards you’re playing.

“We want to get back to winning ways so the rest has come at a good time so we can get out on the training ground and focus on some of the things that have been going wrong.

“It also gives a bit of time for some of the players to get back from injury so that’s another positive. We know how hectic February is going to be, but we’re looking forward to it.

“Hopefully we can get back to winning ways on Saturday as we will all be refreshed and raring to go.

“I was rested for the home game against Brentford which helped myself, that was the time I needed a rest but I got myself back in the team and I’m hoping to stay there.”

Barker is hopeful that Blues can stop the winless run as soon as possible to get back on track in their bid for promotion.

“Our aim for the last three years has been promotion, we were so unlucky missing out by a point last year,” he said.

“We’ve got to take that experience from last season into this one and we know that we have got to stop this sticky patch as soon as possible.

“We’ve got to start winning, however it comes, it might be a scrappy 1-0, but as long as it comes and we get back on track – that’s key.”

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