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Eastwood: Come off the bench to down Burton again

10 May 2014

He got the winner coming off the bench at the Pirelli Stadium last time and he hopes he can have the same impact this time

He bagged the winner in the league game at the Pirelli Stadium after coming off the bench, and striker Freddy Eastwood hopes to replicate that against Burton Albion on Sunday.

Freddy scored a 90th minute winner to hand Blues all three points in October. Blues head there again on Saturday looking to take a first-leg advantage.

The striker, who was part of Blues’ successful play-off bid in 2005, hopes he can be a part of something special again this time around.

He said: “I came off the bench against Burton and got the winner to give us a big three points in the league game, and I know I may have to come off the bench again this time.

“The lads have been in great form recently so I can see why the manager won’t want to change anything and I don’t blame him for a minute because we’re doing well and winning games.

“I made an impact against Torquay United a little while back and I’d be happy to do the same again to try and help us get a good result in the first-leg.

“It was a great experienced back in 2005, and it would be great to do it again. The team this time around is just as good, and we’ve got a really good team spirit.

“Watching from the bench in the last few weeks I’ve been very impressed with the football we’ve been playing, and we should be confident of progressing to the final.”

Looking back on that successful bid in 2005, Freddy is hoping for more of the same this time around. “It was a incredible day, the final. I remember it really well and it’s a day I won’t forget.

“We got to Wembley last year and it was a frustrating afternoon, so it would be great to go back and hopefully come away on the winning side this time.”

Despite his time on the bench in recent weeks, Freddy says he’s enjoyed every minute of the season, and is pleased to have played such a big part.

He added: “I’ve really enjoyed this season and I feel as though I’ve been a big part of it. I’ve been involved every day, got time on the pitch, and scored some important goals.

“I’d love to be able to add another play-off win to my record as a player, but we’ve got to focus on making sure we get to Wembley by doing the business against Burton Albion.”

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