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Interview: Thompson aiming to continue Blues' run at York

18 September 2014

Blues defender Adam Thompson is aiming to carry on showing the fans his 'full potential' when Phil Brown's side travel to York City on Saturday.

It was a topsy-turvy season for the centre back during the last campaign but Thompson has nailed down his place in the side alongside Luke Prosser at the heart of defence.

The pair have helped Blues earn two clean sheets from games against both Portsmouth and Cheltenham Town, and the defender is planning on adding a third at Bootham Crescent on Saturday.

“The manager gave us a target to get as many points as we could and we have seven points from the last nine,” Thompson says.

“Since Plymouth we've conceded one goal in three, that goal being a dubious penalty. The clean sheet mentality is back and we all want to continue that at York.

“I thought I came back to pre-season strong and I felt unlucky not to start the season. However, I've got my chance and I'd like to think I've taken it.

“It was stop-start for me and I don't feel I showed my full potential and the clean sheets are there. Hopefully this season the fans can see what I have to offer.”

Thompson is quick to draw praise on the rest of the back-line for the two consecutive shut outs, with John White, Luke Prosser, Jerome Binnom-Williams and goalkeeper Dan Bentley all playing their part to form Blues' solid base at the back.

“Jerome has been unbelievable. He's had two good games, is very quick and gets forward really well. He looked composed again on Tuesday night and it's strange to think that was his Football League debut against Portsmouth.

“For a young keeper, Dan's consistency is unbelievable and he deserves a lot of credit for the clean sheets as well

“Me and Luke are pretty much best mates, we come in together for training and I think that's helped our partnership in the centre of defence. The partnership is growing between the two of us and I cover him and he covers me in games.

And on York, Thompson is up against two old foes in ex-Blues Anthony Straker and his former boss at international level, Nigel Worthington, but is aiming for victory in what he believes to be another 'tight game' in Sky Bet League Two.

“They were unbeaten in 20 games or so and they have a good defensive record as well. We're going there and we're not looking for a point, we're looking for a win.

“It should be a good game. We were both in the play-offs last year and it should be a tight affair.

“It'll be a bit strange to see Anthony Straker. The boys here keep in contact with him and are good mates. It'll be good to see him but. We know him as a player and that's an advantage for us.

“I thought at times he was great for us last season but he's at York now and we'll be looking to beat him.

“John White will be dealing with him, he knows his game and knows about him in training. We know what he does.

“Nigel Worthington gave me my debut for Northern Ireland and he's in charge at York now. He gave me both my caps.

“He's a good manager, he liked to bring the youth through and he's turned them from a relegation side to play off contenders. I had a good relationship with him but ultimately it's all about winning the game.”

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