John White ably stepped in for Anton Ferdinand and is targeting a run in the side...
John White said the taste of first team action for the first time since November has him hungrier than ever to keep his place in the side.
The defender was a late replacement for Anton Ferdinand, who aggravated an injury in the warm-up, to the starting eleven in Saturday’s draw at Fleetwood Town.
He slotted in brilliantly and was harshly denied a clean sheet with a 90 minute strike, but White was delighted to be back out there and playing his part in a solid defensive unit.
“It feels to me like it’s been such a long time, and it has since I played 90 minutes,” he said. “It’s been a very long time.
“It’s obviously really difficult to take [not starting], but to be back out there was such a great feeling.
“It got my hunger going again to try and stay in the team and hopefully do well again next week.
“It’s difficult when you’re not in the team and you’re on the bench week-in-week out, and the chances don’t come along. It’s the common cliché, ‘you’ve got be ready for when called upon’.
“I like to pride myself on the fact that I am a professional off the pitch and the training side of things because that’s all I’ve had to fall back on, so it’s nice to get 90 minutes under my belt and to have a fairly decent game.”
On the result, White thought Blues were worthy of the win and said a point is hard to take.
“Without a doubt [it’s two point dropped],” he added.
“To be going into the 89th minute and feeling fairly strong still, it’s always going to be a disappointment coming away with a draw. It does feel like a couple of points dropped.
“As always you’ve got to take the positives from it. Look how far we’ve come.
“We’re disappointed to come to a team around us that we were looking like we were going to beat and a draw isn’t good enough for us.”