Date:Sunday February 25 2007
Steve Cotterill was obviously delighted with a point from this match against Colchester.
It clearly was a good performance based on Colchester's high standing with many of the top clubs having fallen to significant defeats at the small,intimidating Layer Road ground.
Steve is quoted as saying:
'I am delighted with the clean sheet. I thought we looked solid and didn't look like conceding a goal.
'With their home form we knew it was a difficult place to come and get a result and maybe, had a couple of things fallen our way, we could have had a penalty.
'But at the risk of repeating myself we don't get those!
'We also had some great support down here today. To come all the way to Colchester with the run we are on, they deserve a massive pat on the back and we are glad to send them back with half a decent result.'
Most Clarets fans however would be worried that two of our players (Thomas and McCann) were stretchered off injured in this match adding to some wretched luck of late.
Steve had this to say about the injuries:
'Wayne has tweaked his knee and Chris has gone over on his ankle making a block tackle.
'We won't know the severity of the injuries at the moment. Both players are pretty sore and we'll just have to see how they are later in the week.'
Our manager also revealed some of the tough decisions he had to make this week in terms of the team selection:
'I thought long and hard about the team this week. Sometimes you pick players on what you know they can do and not what they are actually doing at the moment.
'I just feel that at the moment, and going back quite a few weeks now, there are players I should have left out of the team on the back of a couple of indifferent performances.
'If you do that you can sometimes ruin their confidence more, while sticking with them can make them worse. But because of the size of our squad I always have that dilemma
'It's always an issue for me and that is something I need to look at, certainly with the size of our squad.
'When I told Jon (Harley) he wasn't playing he trained fantastically well and it was as if the burden had been lifted on him.
'Steve Jones is another of those players I am talking about and trying to play these players through it ends up being to their detriment, my detriment and the club's detriment.
'But we are trying to rectify that and if we can get ourselves a more competitive squad, then things might get better in the long term.
'There is a bigger picture here, but we still need immediate results.
'Without a short term plan there is never a long one and our short term plan is to get batter and get three points.
'In the long term, it is to be better wholly as a club.'
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I just hope we have seen a turning point in this match, I have felt in the last three matches now, there have been some encouraging signs. We might not have got many points from the matches, but the signs of improvement are there for all to see and with a bit more luck we could have seen a higher point tally.
Every match now is becoming important to win. 40 points in 16th place with three of the teams in the bottom five only five points behind you is worrying! Let's therefore continue this improvement and finally get a win against Palace at the Turf this Saturday and strive to reach those 50 points for safety as quickly as possible.
Date:Sunday February 25 2007
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