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Timlin: The tie is still very much alive

12 May 2014

Midfielder believes Blues can turn it around in the second leg after defeat at the Pirelli Stadium

Michael Timlin was disappointed Blues didn’t send the 1,600 travelling fans home happy from the Pirelli Stadium on Sunday.

Blues fell to a 1-0 first leg defeat against Burton Albion, leaving it all to play for in the second leg at Roots Hall on Saturday.

Timlin was frustrated Blues couldn’t take something from the game, but believes the tie is still very much alive.

He said: “We’re disappointed to lose the game because we always try to put in a good performance and it would have been good to have something to take back to Roots Hall.

“The fans were superb and we’re frustrated that with that amount of fans here we couldn’t get something from the game to send them home happy.

“It is a cliché, but it is only half-time in the tie. It would of course have been better if we could’ve drawn or won the game but there’s only a goal in it.

“There’s still lots to play for going back to Roots Hall and with the form we’ve been in recently all the lads are confident we can turn it around.”

Burton were reduced to ten-men before the hour mark, but Blues were unable to take advantage of Ian Sharps’ sending off.

Timlin felt it had played into the hosts’ hand, meaning they sat much deeper and held onto the slender lead.

He added: “Sometimes a sending off can work in your favour, or against you, and I actually felt it worked against us on Sunday.

“The game had been quite open up until that point with both sides going for it, but after the sending off they sat back deep as you would expect.

“We tried to chase the game to get a way back into it, but maybe at times we were trying too hard and it just wouldn’t fall for us.

“In the second leg we will get chances and it is all about taking them when we do get them.”

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