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Interview: Gary Deegan wants Blues to continue building momentum at Cheltenham Town

15 September 2014

Following his first league start in a Blues shirt on Saturday, midfielder Gary Deegan is setting out to keep up the momentum when Phil Brown's side travel to Cheltenham Town on Tuesday.

Deegan, who arrived on a free transfer in the summer following his departure from Northampton Town, was delighted with his own performance against Portsmouth on Saturday.

And he is hoping he can continue plying his trade in the middle of the park and nail down a regular starting place in Brown's side.

“It was a steady performance and I feel I gave a good account of myself,” Deegan said. “It was good to get the 90 minutes under my belt and to obviously get the win. It's been a while since I played a full game and I was pleased with my overall game. 

“I'm a willing worker and I feel that I can keep getting stronger and keep improving in performances.”

On Blues’ trip to Gloucestershire, the Irish midfielder believes the side have the upper hand going into the game following Blues' latest victory over Pompey: “It's going to be another tough game at Cheltenham. They've started the season well and do have players that can hurt us.

“It's a tough place to go but we've just got to concentrate on what we can do and hopefully the result will look after itself. They lost 1-0 at Luton and they won't be feeling as buoyed as they would have done had they won. 

“The aim for me was to come in and play as much as I can to hopefully impress the manager and earn a longer term deal.”

And Deegan is hoping that Blues can find some momentum and confidence to make sure the win over Andy Awford's Pompey side doesn’t’t ‘go to waste’.

“We'd gone a couple of games without getting a result that we really wanted and it was important to get the points against a good opposition in Portsmouth. We've got to use that win as a springboard to go on a good run.

“We can't let the points that we earned on Saturday go to waste and it's important that we carry on from that. You don't want any negative thoughts and you want to be positive and busy. 

“I think we put in a strong and gutsy performance and we were all delighted for both Shaq (Coulthirst) and Barry (Corr) to get off the mark for the season, which is good for the two of them as strikers.”

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