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Tomlin hopes return can boost Blues

20 March 2013

Striker glad to be back playing after spell on the sidelines through injury

Gavin Tomlin hopes his hunger to get back playing regular football again can help Blues get back to winning ways.

Tomlin, who has been out of action for six weeks following a thigh injury, has now come off the substitutes bench twice in Blues’ last two games.

The striker says the two run-outs, both for about 20 minutes, have been good for easing him back in, but he’s hoping that he’s done enough to be pushing for a start on Saturday when Blues travel to Rochdale.

His return is a welcome one for boss Paul Sturrock, and Tomlin hopes his return will help boost the rest of team after three disappointing results in a row here at Roots Hall.

He said: “It’s been so frustrating being sat on the sidelines unable to play for about six or seven weeks.

“As a footballer you want to be playing football, but everything changes when you’re injured – especially your training schedule.

“Having to watch from the sidelines is difficult so I’m just delighted to be back playing again.

“Hopefully my return can help give the lads a little bit of a boost on the pitch because confidence might be a little bit low at the moment. 

“I’ve got a hunger in me because I want to be back playing regularly and playing well.

“The main thing though, and the thing the team and I want most is to get back to winning football matches after a difficult three games.

“Obviously I’ve come on in both games and I completely understand why the manager has done that because I don’t want to get injured again.

“It’s been great to get back out there and hopefully I can be pushing for a start on Saturday for the game against Rochdale.”

Tomlin’s last start before he picked up his injury came away at Chesterfield; a game in which he scored the only goal to hand Blues an excellent 1-0 win.

With two tough away games coming up now against Rochdale and Bradford, Tomlin says Blues can take confidence from results such as Chesterfield, Port Vale and Rotherham.

“We’ve picked up some fantastic results away from home against some of the best teams in the division,” he said.

“We won 1-0 at Chesterfield, the lads got a great result at Port Vale before these three home games, so there’s nothing stopping us winning both of these games away from home.

“They’ll be tough, there’s no doubt about that, but if we can pick up six points from the two games then you can never say never in terms of the play-offs.

“It’s going to be extremely difficult, there’s no doubt about that but we went on a good run earlier in the season.

“If we can do that again from now until the end of the season then it’s a case of seeing where we end up.”

An interview with Gavin Tomlin will be on Blues Player later on Wednesday.

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