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Match Reaction: Clifford aiming to keep shirt after match winning goal at Cheltenham

17 September 2014

Blues midfielder Conor Clifford is fully intending on nailing down his spot in the starting XI again, as Blues look to pick up the maximum nine points from a tough week of matches.

The midfielder was the match winner after he rifled home in the second half from outside the box to win the game for Blues, who 

It was Clifford's early second half strike – his second goal of the season - which separated the two sides after Cheltenham went down to ten men in the opening half, with the Robins' Jason Taylor seeing red for lashing out at Clifford.

“Every chance you get in the side you have to impress to keep your shirt and competition in any side is positive as you push yourself even harder,” the 23-year-old said.

“Over the years I've enjoyed taking strikes from distance, even in youth teams and it's something that I work on a lot in training, with the likes of Dave Penney and the rest of the lads.

 “I lost a few balls with my shooting in training yesterday but it's great that I made one count tonight! I can now look to cement my place in the side.”

Blues' midfield general Clifford, who replaced the injured Ryan Leonard during the first half, was in no doubt that the referee James Linington made the correct call by sending Taylor off in the 37th minute of the game.

“I went in for the tackle, won the ball and he came down on me,” Clifford reflected. “He hit me a couple of times when I was on the floor and it was definitely a red card in my opinion.

“Even though they were down to ten men, they still caused us problems and sometimes if you don't take your chances it comes back to hurt you. Fortunately for us, we held on well.”

 “With the chances we had I think it could have been four or five goals and that's something that we'll have to work on. We haven't taken our chances but perhaps it's just about a bit of luck.”

“We can go on a little run now. It's important to kick on now and get another win at York on Saturday to cap a good last couple of games.”

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