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Phillips: Hard work will change our luck

2 March 2014

Mark Phillips frustrated after huge slice of luck helps Wycombe take a point from Roots Hall

Defender Mark Phillips insists the only way for Blues’ luck to turn is to keep working hard, following the 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers.

An unfortunate own goal from goalkeeper Daniel Bentley meant the Chairboys left Roots Hall with a point after Barry Corr had opened the scoring.

But Philips felt Blues deserved to take the three points, and had given everything they could to come out with the win.

He said: “Everyone gave it 110 per cent out there, and they say when you do that, you might get a bit of luck that goes your way.

“That saying obviously didn’t apply today with their goal, but we’ve just got to keep putting in the same sort of work rate.

“If we do that, our luck will eventually turn and we can start to look forward again at pushing on.

“I felt we did more than enough to win the game. It was a slow first-half, but we really picked it up at the start of the second.

“Barry scored a good header to give us the lead, and with the way things are going at the moment, as defenders, all we wanted then was a clean sheet.

“Unfortunately there was nothing we could do about the goal from a defensive point of view really, and that’s frustrating.”

Phillips was partnered by new loan signing John Egan at the heart of the defence, and thought the 21-year-old had an excellent debut.

He added: “We had an 11 v 11 training game on Friday and we got to know each other there. I was impressed with him then.

“He took that into the game on Saturday and put in a really good performance at the back.

“I thought we had a good understanding, and didn’t really allow Wycombe to have many clear cut chances at all.

“That’s why it’s so frustrating we’ve been unable to keep a clean sheet.

“We all worked hard defensively as a team to keep them out and a big bit of luck has helped them to snatch a point.”

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