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Atkinson: We can be proud of performance

23 October 2013

Midfielder on the defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge

Will Atkinson says Blues can take a lot of heart from their performance against Dagenham & Redbridge, despite the 1-0 defeat.

Blues were reduced to ten-men when Mark Phillips was sent off inside the opening half an hour.

But Atkinson and his team mates rallied and put in a strong second-half display that led the midfielder to believe Blues deserved a point at the very least.

He said: “We knew it was a local derby and I think you could tell it was by some of the challenges going in early on in the game

“We wanted to make a bright start and get on the front foot but we didn’t quite do that and then Mark was sent off.

“I was very close to the referee and he went to show him a yellow card but the linesman said it was a red. I think a yellow would have been fair.

“We were disappointed to concede a goal so soon after going down to ten men because we’ve shown already this season we can cope a man down.

“The manager said we needed to play better at half-time and I think we did that in the second-half.

“I think the only thing missing from the performance was a goal. Their goalkeeper made a couple of very good saves.

“We played with a lot of energy and worked hard but it just wouldn’t come off for us.

“The manager always expects hard work and when you’ve got ten men you have to work even harder. We did, so it’s very disappointing not to have got something from the game.”

Will had a couple of chances late on and admits he’ll be working on his shooting on the training field.

He added: “I had a couple of chances and I didn’t take them, so that’s frustrating.

“Dave Penney said to me afterwards we’re going to work on shooting quite a bit after that and I don’t blame him!”

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