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Phillips: We're ready for promotion push

15 January 2014

Mark Phillips says the 'unique' spirit in the squad and the quality they possess can help them finally achieve promotion to League 1

Mark Phillips says Blues are well equipped to go the distance in Sky Bet League 2 this season, and seal promotion back to League 1.

The defender has been with Blues since their relegation into the fourth tier, but believes the team spirit and quality within the squad is the best it has been this time around.

With Blues currently sat in the promotion places, the 31-year-old insists that the squad will not take their foot off the gas and will keep their sharpness between now and May.

He said: “The manager has got us all on our toes, there is competition throughout the team and that’s positive.

“Training is as sharp as I’ve ever seen it since joining, the players have got no intention of stepping off the chase.

“We know what is expected and we want to push on as a group and achieve our aims together.

“There’s no reason for us not to keep pushing, the club has got a sole aim and every one of us will give us all.

“We’re a lot more organised under Phil Brown, we know our jobs and we’re determined not to slip up at the final hurdle.

“We have done in the past but the spirit within the squad is unique and we have got a fantastic group of players with real quality.”

Phillips, who made his 100th appearance on Saturday at Plymouth Argyle, was pleased to pick up a point on the road against an in form side.

But he has stressed the importance of picking up all three when Chesterfield visit Roots Hall this weekend.

He added: “The Plymouth game was very tough, but I thought we responded well after going a goal down.

“The team are in good form and so were Plymouth so a point was a fair result and it kept our run going.

“It was really nice to make my 100th appearance. I was hoping to pop up with a goal to mark it but it wasn’t to be.

“I usually score a few each season but it hasn’t happened so far, hopefully I can break that duck as soon as possible.

“Chesterfield will be another tough game, they are a big team but we’re looking forward to the challenge.

“We can’t wait to be playing back in front of our own fans. We know three points is important because it’ll keep the challenge going.

“Having played them twice already we know it’s going to be a tough game, but we’ll relish the challenge and hopefully supporters will turn out in force.”

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