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Coughlan: The lads were fantastic

9 March 2013

Assistant manager Graham Coughlan praised Blues’ ‘tremendous attitude’  as they won 2-1 against Port Vale to move to within five points of the play-off places.

Coughlan took charge of the team in the absence of Paul Sturrock and guided them to a win that sets them up nicely ahead of three consecutive home matches.

The stand-in boss was impressed with the attitude and work rate that was shown as goals from Sean Clohessy and Britt Assombalonga sealed a win.

He said: “I’m over the moon for the lads because they showed such great spirit and determination to win the game.

“They are fantastic to work with day in day out and they deserved the win today. The attitude they showed was tremendous.

“In the first-half I thought we were excellent and could well have been further ahead at the break.

“Ryan Leonard hitting the bar could well have changed the whole game, but we worked hard defensively in the second-half and held on.

“I was disappointed with their goal because we’ve worked very hard on getting out to close down crosses.

“But after that we held on and had a couple of chances to put the game to bed. It’s a big three points.”

Coughlan insists Blues must kick on now as they face three home games in seven days.

He added: “The first thing I said to the lads at the end of the game was that we must now use this result to kick on.

“If we don’t, just like what happened against Wycombe, the result won’t mean anything.

“We let ourselves down when we went to Barnet, and we can’t afford to do that against AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday.

“This result gives us real hope that we can launch a late push for the play-offs.”

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