Defender hopes for a winning start under new boss Phil Brown
Sean Clohessy is intent on getting off to a winning start under new manager Phil Brown as Blues look to pick up six vital points over a busy Easter weekend, starting at Bradford City tomorrow.
The 26-year-old, who has played every game for the club this season, admits that wins need to be picked up as soon as possible to put the pressure on the teams around us.
He said: “Whether it’s the new manager or the old manager, it’s got to be a win. I’ve said this over the last couple of weeks and we haven’t managed to win.
“A couple of teams have got games in hand but if we win at the weekend and they don’t then it could be down to three points. Whether they win their games in hand or not, it’s still three points and it’ll put the pressure on them.
“You look at the Bradford team and they’ve got a lot of very good players. They’ve lost a couple of games that they probably shouldn’t have, they’re a good team.
“Maybe it’s the Wembley factor. It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster for them with all the games they’ve played, and then having sell out crowds and sometimes not as man fans in the stadium as they’d like to for some games as well. Maybe the atmosphere isn’t the same for some of the games.
“The boys have been resting up. We had time to rest up due to the Rochdale game being postponed but we’ve all kicked on with the new gaffer coming in this week and pushing us all in the training sessions. Hopefully that pays off tomorrow.
“Three points is always massive whoever the manager is. When a new man comes in you obviously want it all to go well and to get the three points straight from the off. We worked on a lot of different things this week and the tempo’s been really good.
“Those who weren’t playing under the old boss get a new lease of life and everyone’s been involved and getting stuck in so hopefully we can carry that through to the next couple of games.”
Clohessy captained in the absence of Chris Barker under Paul Sturrock and while he would like to retain the armband under new boss Brown, he is just focused on performing on the pitch.
He added: “I haven’t spoken to the new manager about the captaincy situation. It’s not something that really bothers me. It’s a great privilege to be captain. I’m not really the stereotypical John Terry kind of captain on the pitch who shouts, bit I try to lead by example a bit more.
“If the gaffer wants to keep me captain whilst Chris Barker and the rest of the boys are out then that’s fine by me. I’m happy whatever his choice. Captaincy doesn’t affect my performances.”
Another role that Sean has taken on is penalty taking. The defender has scored two of them this month, against Port Vale and AFC Wimbledon and isn’t concerned that there could be another change with the regular spot kick specialists coming back.
He added: “When I was taking the penalties, there were people like Gav [Tomlin] who was out and Freddy [Eastwood] that’s been around and taken them before. It’s completely up to the gaffer. Graham Coughlan was the one that put me on penalties.
“Teams at the top are going to slip up and they’ll be taking points from each other. If we can start putting points on the board, we’ll start creeping back up there and maybe do something similar to what Crewe did last season.”