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Match Reaction: Michael Timlin on a 'bittersweet' draw with Exeter City

18 October 2014

Tims pleased to be back playing for Blues after injury but wanted the three points against Exeter City

Returning Southend United midfielder Michael Timlin admitted Blues' draw with Exeter City in Sky Bet League Two was 'bittersweet' for him.

Timlin made his first appearance of the campaign following an elbow injury picked up in pre-season.

“I'm delighted to be back in the team and it's credit to myself that I've worked so hard on my fitness and get in the manager's plans.

“I'm disappointed we didn't get the result we wanted so it's a bittersweet game for me.”

One of six changes to the XI that started against Luton Town a week prior, Tims admits he was slightly surprised with the way Blues started the game against the Grecians.

“It flowed so well early on considering the manager made so many changes and it shows the quality we have in the squad.

“It's surprising but it's also important to have a strong squad because if one or two get injured, then you need others to come in and do the job when called upon.”

The 29-year-old came through 88 minutes of the game against Paul Tisdale's side and was pleased with his performance following the dislocation of his elbow in July.

“I did it two years ago where I didn't play a pre-season game then played the full 90 on the opening day of the season. I've been a pest to Ben the physio and the Gaffer since I've been out!

“I think the game against Ipswich in midweek helped me out. I played an hour of the game and felt there was plenty more in the tank.

“I'm glad to near enough get 90 minutes under my belt and we'll need to recover as well as we can ahead of Tuesday night at Newport County.”

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