Anthony Straker on how the last couple of weeks have helped him reflect on his performance, and what he can do to improve the team
Anthony Straker believes a short spell out of the side has helped him reflect on what he can do to help the team, and is now desperate to make an impact.
Straker was on the bench for Blues’ games against Newport County, Mansfield Town and Exeter City, but was back involved from the start against Hartlepool United on Tuesday night.
The 25-year-old has also welcomed his first child to the world in recent weeks, and says that has given him a huge lift in general.
He said: “My girlfriend and I have been given a huge lift as we’ve had our first child and we’re absolutely thrilled.
“It has been a busy few weeks and I’ve not had much sleep, but we’ve got into a routine pretty quickly and I’m managing to get my rest.
“Being out of the side for those few games allowed me to reflect on my performances and see where I can improve and help the team.
“You always want to be playing but we’ve got a great squad here and everyone knows they have an important part to play.
“Other lads came into the side while I wasn’t in and did well, but it was nice to start the game against Hartlepool on Tuesday night.
“I’ve been able to look at what I can do to improve myself and the team and hopefully I can do that between now and the end of the season.
“I thought I did okay against Hartlepool on Tuesday, it’s just a real shame that as a team we weren’t able to find the winning goal – I’m still not sure how we didn’t to be honest.”
Straker expects a tough test against York City this weekend, if the reverse fixture at Roots Hall is anything to go by.
But despite a disappointing run in the league, Straker says the mood in the camp is still positive.
He added: “We know there are no easy games in this division and it was a good game against them last time.
“We got a late winner in front of a big crowd and something like that can give you real momentum.
“I wouldn’t say confidence is low at the moment. There’s still a good spirit around the place and we were pleased with the performance on Tuesday.
“Now it is all about applying ourselves in the same way and getting back to winning form against York City.”