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Manager Says-Clarets 2-0 Cardiff

The gaffer had the following to say about our 2-0 defeat of Cardiff at home on Easter Monday

'If we win our game in hand, we can go 14th in the table, which would be nice.

'Today, we probably didn't have the ball for four minutes before we scored and if any goal was against the run of play, that was!

'Having said that, I was delighted with the strike and the second goal was even better.

'It was a great goal and it was strange because we were debating at half time whether we took off Wade Elliott, Steve (Jones) and Paul (McVeigh) because they had used so much energy the other day.

'It was nip and tuck whether we carried on, so we threatened them with ten minutes but to be fair they got their second wind and they were much better as the game went on.'

This was also our fourth successive clean sheet and we have now gone 375 minutes without conceding a goal.

Cotterill remarked about this impressve defensive display by saying: 'That is pleasing. Wayne Thomas has been absolutely first class since he went back in there and I am delighted for him.

'Michael Duff and Jon Harley have both been superb at full backs, Steven Caldwell has been a rock since he came here and Brian Jensen has worked unbelievably hard to get back in the team.

'I am pleased for the back five, but we mustn't overlook everyone else because they too have made an impact.'

Cotterill also continued his praise for Andy Gray, who must surely score soon for the first time since his return from injury.

The gaffer said: 'Andy will score sooner or later. Alex Ferguson said the other week that it's a mocking society.

'I got mocked for saying one man made the team. Well it is no coincidence that in the last three or four games Andy has been back to normal after not being thrown in there, as he was to get him through that psychological barrier.

'Until he had a break recently, to take on board what had happened and how he had rehabilitated was hard.

'At the break, I told him to go away for a week and enjoy a week with his family and look after himself.

'At the time, we were playing him, training him and encouraging him and, looking back, it wasn't what he needed. He needed that week off.

'He has come back and I am delighted he is playing well. Everyone in the dressing room and all the supporters as well are gutted that he hasn't scored.

'When he does I hope they bring the house down because there is no lad who deserves a goal more than him at this moment in time.'

Well done Steve, lets not rest on our laurels though, we are still not mathematically safe, although 51 points is usually recognised as guaranteed safety.

Wouldnt it be nice to finish higher than 13th with more than 60 points? That would better our best season since the post-Digital fiasco and our best since Steve became the gaffer.

No doubt a lot of Clarets will be pinching themselves and will be saying if only we could have avoided this awful winless run in the middle. Lets be honest though,most Clarets fans would have taken and half-expected a midtable finish at the start of the season. It was only our top six perfomance in Aug-Nov that raised expectations and its only sods law that we continued this winless streak after the first time in ages that finance was found in the Jan window and we didnt have to sell any of our key players.

Yes, in that sense it will be a disappointing season but lets stick with the management team and hope they have learned from the winless run and we can plough on under Steve Cotterill in 2007/8.




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Date:Tuesday April 10 2007

Time: 10:38AM

 

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