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Oxley's delight at ending season with four clean sheets

Player of the Season gives a review of the campaign

8 May 2018

Blues' number one Mark Oxley was voted Player of the Season and Players' Player of the Season for the 2017/18 campaign.

The goalkeeper was the only ever-present, playing in all 46 Sky Bet League One games, keeping 15 clean sheets as Blues finished 10th in the table.

Here's Oxley's thoughts on the end of season draw with Bristol Rovers, the campaign as a whole and sorting out his own future.

On ending the season with four clean sheets…

It’s brilliant, more so for the young players who have come in and been top-drawer.

That’s what it’s about when they get their chance. Before the four results we were still down the bottom of the table and in amongst it, but credit to them for coming in and keeping four clean sheets.

On the turnaround from the beginning of the season to the end…

The form we’ve shown is top six form, so in some ways it is disappointing. 

You look at what the new manager has brought in and there’s not much difference for him to work with compared to what there was before, so it does make it more frustrating that we have had the bunch of lads here already and it was just about getting it out.

I’m sure we’ll look to go again next season and carry on where we’ve left off.

On the difference between the start and the end of the season…

For me, it was that bit of belief. When you’re on a bad run and we weren’t picking up clean sheets, that’s always a problem. When you’re picking up clean sheets you’ve got half a chance.

I think the manager came in and took a lot of weight off of the boys’ shoulders and gave them the freedom to play. The football that we have played has shone through.

On scooping the Player of the Season awards…

I’m delighted. Last year was a tough time, being out since Christmas time, so to come back and get back in the team was my aim but to play in every game this season is something to hold onto.

On his future…

I’ve stated to the Chairman that we’re happy to stay if the deal is right so it’s up to my agent to sort that out.

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