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Atkinson: Shooting practice paid off

27 November 2013

Midfielder delighted to bag his first goal for the club in the 2-1 win at Portsmouth

Midfielder Will Atkinson was delighted to finally get off the mark for Blues as his first goal for the club kickstarted a comeback win against Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Tuesday night.

Atkinson picked up his first goal as a Blue in the 75th minute, latching on to a pass from Barry Corr, before Corr himself popped up with the winner.

The summer signing from Bradford City was thrilled to break his duck for the club, and believes the sky is the limit for Blues at present, following their fifth straight win.

“I’ve been getting a little bit of stick from the lads about not having scored for the club yet,” Will said.

“So it’s nice that I’ve put that to bed and hopefully I can get a few more goals this season to really help the team.

“It was a fantastic turnaround and just shows everyone that the team spirit in the camp is absolutely second to none.

“We all believe in each other and have the confidence in one another to go out there and perform, even when the going gets tough.

“At the moment we’re full of belief and confidence and the sky really is the limit for us at this present time.

‘We know there’s a long way to go in the season but if we can keep picking up wins like we’ve been doing, we will put ourselves in a really good position.

“We won’t be looking at the league table for a while yet, but if you’re winning games you’ll be at the right end and that’s what we’re doing at the moment.

“To go down to ten men and still come back to win at a place like Portsmouth shows you that we as players believe we can win every game at the moment, and we’re playing with confidence.”

Atkinson says a bit of shooting practice with assistant boss Dave Penney may have been behind his first goal for the club.

He added: “Dave said to me after one of the home games that we’d struggled in, Dagenham & Redbridge I think, that I needed to do some shooting practice.

“That is what we’ve done in recent weeks so it was nice to see it pay off. It was a great through ball from Barry Corr.

“Even with ten men once we got that goal we still wanted to go on and win the game, not settle for a point, that tells you a lot.”

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