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Phillips: The Gaffer got it spot-on

8 January 2013

Defender praises Paul's half-time tactical switch

Defender Mark Phillips praised boss Paul Sturrock for making a tactical switch at half-time in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Southern Section semi-final against Oxford.

It was a move that paid dividends as Blues fought back from 2-1 down to go 3-2 ahead and although Oxford equalised just before the 90 minutes was up, Mark insists that the change was crucial.

The switch saw Mark move into a three-man defence with Chris Barker and Ryan Cresswell with Anthony Straker and Sean Clohessy moved to the wingback position on either side.

Mark said: “You have to say that the Gaffer got it absolutely spot on at half-time with the change in tactics that he made. In the first half we had been getting overrun and they were on top.

“They are a very good team and we were struggling to cope with them but the Gaffer changed thingst at half-time and it worked.

“I was able to get tighter to my man and really get the better of him while it allowed Sean and Anthony to get forward and support attacks.

“I’ve always said I’m confident we will score goals and so it proved again tonight. The switch allowed Sean to get forward and it was of course his goal that got us level.”

Mark isn’t just confident that Blues will score in open play and despite suffering the setback of conceding late, he insists he believed in Blues’ penalty takers.

He added: “I was extremely confident when it went to penalties. Of course it’s difficult when the opposition score so late but I had faith in the people who were stepping up.

“We have shown real character all season and tonight is just another example of that. We came back from behind and then won on penalties. It’s a real testament to the lads.”

An exclusive interview with Mark will be on Blues Player tomorrow.

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