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Cresswell: It's not doom and gloom

1 January 2013

Defender confident Blues can remain in the promotion hunt

Ryan Cresswell insists it’s not all doom and gloom after Blues lost 1-0 at home to Gillingham on New Years Day.

The defender says that having gone an unbeaten run of 14 matches, two defeats in a row is difficult to take, but must be put into perspective.

Blues remain in the League 2 play-off places and Ryan believes Blues are more than capable of remaining there for the rest of the season.

Ryan said: “After the Bristol Rovers came we sat down as a group and said we needed to go on a good run and move up the table.

“At the time, if anyone had said to us you will lose two games in 16 matches, we’d have snapped your hand off so it must be put into the overall view of the season.

“The lads are disappointed, there’s no doubt about that, but that’s obvious after defeat – everyone hates losing football matches.

“We’ve got a very good squad here and the lads believe we can go on another run and remain in the play-off places.”

Gillingham’s win against Blues moved them back to the top of the table, and while Ryan admits they were too strong in the opening 45 minutes, he believes Blues showed they could match the best in the league during the second-half.

“Gillingham are obviously everyone’s favourites to get promoted and I can understand why,” he added.

“But listen, we’re as good as Gillingham Football Club. It was a game of two halves today. They were on top during the first-half but in the second we were by far the better side.

“At their place earlier in the season we battered them and couldn’t get the win – it’s fair to say that is a sign of champions.

“But we can take heart from our second-half performance, despite not scoring or getting a result, and we can take that into the big FA Cup game on Saturday.” 

An interview with Ryan will be on Blues Player shortly.

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