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Phillips: We should've seen it out

16 February 2014

Mark Phillips on Saturday's 3-2 defeat to Exeter City at Roots Hall

Mark Phillips admitted Blues had not done enough to win the game, as they were beaten 3-2 at home to Exeter City.

What disappointed the defender more was the fact Blues were unable to see out the game after his two goals had given them a 2-1 lead

And he insists Blues will have to win ugly on a few occasions between now and the end of the season if they are to win promotion.

He said: “I’m obviously gutted because scoring two goals is nice, but as a defender it’s all about keeping the other team out and we didn’t do that.

“The goals become irrelevant and it’s frustrating because when it gets to 2-1 at home, we should be seeing the game out, no matter how we’re playing.

“If you do want to get promoted, which is still 100 per cent our aim, you sometimes have to win when not playing well and we should’ve done that.

“The equaliser was an absolute screamer then we have another couple of chances ourselves to go back ahead, but we couldn’t take them.

“I don’t know if we took our eye off the ball as such, we just conceded a sloppy second goal and that’s frustrating from a defensive point of view.”

Phillips insists Blues can produce a lot better, and says the team must rally around to get back to how they have played this season in large parts, when Hartlepool visit Roots Hall on Tuesday night.

“We are fully aware that we can play a lot better than we did against Exeter,” he added. “It wasn’t good enough and we’ve got to get together as a group now.

“The team spirit is excellent here so we’ve got to use that to help us. We must use this defeat as fuel to go again on Tuesday night, because we don’t want to be feeling like this again.

“We’ve got to make up for the Exeter performance when Hartlepool visit. We need the three points because we’ve got to put the last couple of games right.”

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