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29 March 2021

Jason Demetriou couldn’t hide his delight after Saturday’s 1-0 win against Harrogate Town.

The 33-year-old said it was a vitally important three points that restores confidence in the squad.

Blues were without a victory in over a month, a run of seven games since the win away at Forest Green Rovers.

Five of those were draws, but at this stage of the season its wins that are required.

And Demetriou spoke about the momentum he hopes this will provide going into the final eight matches of the campaign, as well as the team huddle he orchestrated at the end of the game.

On the win…

"It was massive. We knew before the game the pressure that was on it, we’re not going to hide away from it.

"To come away with the three points is absolutely massive."

On crucially getting a goal to back up the defensive solidity…

"In the last number of weeks we’ve been really resilient, we haven’t conceded many goals so we’re doing that side of it well.

"It’s just confidence, once you get one goal in the dressing room we’re all looking ahead to the next game and it’s about momentum.

"I’m pleased for Ash to get the goal and can’t wait for the next game."

On understanding the frustrations from supporters…

"In the changing room we know that and the pressure is on us; we have to deliver.

"It’s only natural it’s going to be like that.

"I don’t think the performances have been bad and everyone’s been giving 100 per cent. You sometimes see sides down the bottom who have gone and don’t try, but we are and it’s just one or two moments – Scunthorpe for example we should have won – I think we’re there or thereabouts but the win was massive for us."

On reverting to right back in the last three games…

"I’ve enjoyed going back there. The midfield is so hectic and Elvis being sick at Scunthorpe made way for me to come in.

"I do enjoy playing there and we’ve got good competition. Elvis is a good player, and in midfield we’ve got competition.

"I’ve enjoyed it there but the competition makes sure the boys are at it every game."

On the team huddle at the end of the game…

"I think that performance was massive and I’ve been there when you see boys fight so hard, and you get the result, that’s something that spurs you on for the next one.

"That’s all it was. Make sure we take it into the last eight games, and we start by going and winning the next one."

Looking ahead to Carlisle…

"We’ve got a free week, so we’ll rest up Sunday and Monday and have a good week.

"We’ll actually look forward to the game now, and that’s the best thing about winning. It builds momentum quickly so bring on next Saturday."

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