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Craig Gardner and Steve Spooner
Craig Gardner and Steve Spooner

There’s no feeling sorry for ourselves. We've got to get back on the training pitch tomorrow and try and right our wrongs.

Steve Spooner

Steve Spooner's comments following today's loss to The Potters at the bet365 Stadium...

Steve's overall thoughts on the performance...
"We didn't get the start we would have wanted but, but after 10 or 15 minutes we settled down into the game. We started making some passes and we got the wing-backs into the game and I thought we did okay. The problem we'd been having over the last eight or nine games is not stopping goals. For both goals I was very disappointed with the way they developed. The first one was a short corner and we weren't switched on and we didn't get enough pressure on the ball and it came in and we didn't defend it well enough. Then the second one was a throw-in about 10 yards inside our defensive half and the lad has broken off and run with it and put it in the top corner. If we are going to be serious about what we are trying to do, we can't be giving teams those kinds of opportunities. But that said I thought we responded well after the first goal and we settled down and started to control the game a bit more and had a bit more possession, although we didn't create enough opportunities to score goals. That is something we must work on."

On the decision to start the game with three centre-halves and two wing-backs...
"We felt the players had been used to a four and been conceding goals and we thought we could freshen it up. It gave us the opportunity to play all three centre-halves. Jake getting injured in training meant young Nico (Gordon) came in and he coped pretty well. We just felt it suited us with the players we had and the way we were going to try and control the game. But that wasn't to be. We tweaked it after 15 or 20 minutes, but hindsight is a wonderful thing. But it was nothing to do with systems the way we conceded the goals."

On how difficult it has been for the young players being introduced during a losing run...
"It's been difficult but somewhere during their careers they are going to have hard times. But that's part of their development. There will be nobody being soft on them they've got to accept criticism when it's deserved and get on with it and it's about them showing a level of performance. I though (Caolan) Boyd-Munce did well when he came on. He looked lively and he had a good range of passing and excellent deliveries. Nico (Gordon) played in a new shape. It was forced on us a bit with Jake getting injured. He was thrown in at the deep end and I thought he did quite well."

On Jake Clarke-Salter's injury...
"He pulled up in training the other day. He hit a long ball and he just felt his groin go. He had a scan the other day and he had a slight tear in there, so we'll have to see how he progresses. He's been having constant treatment and we'll see how he is on Tuesday when the boys have a full session. The Physio Department are quite optimistic."

On Kristian Pedersen's injury...
"He hit a diagonal ball and he just felt his groin go. He's never suffered with it before. That was disappointing. I spoke to him today and he's very confident. Some players are quicker healers than others. We'll reconvene with the Physio Department tomorrow."

Asked if he and Craig Gardner would be taking charge of Blues in Wednesday’s home game against Charlton Athletic...
"As far as I know. We'll just do our very best until someone tells us differently There’s no feeling sorry for ourselves. We've got to get back on the training pitch tomorrow and try and right our wrongs. But it's very hard having another game on Wednesday and the physical demands on the players that have been the same 11 for most of the time. That was also a bit in our thinking today with the subs as well. Apart from trying to get back into the game, I thought we also needed to be thinking about the next game and the physical demands on the players as well."

Asked if he felt the squad have the mental strength to record that vital win in the remaining three games...
"Yes, absolutely. There are a lot of angry men in there (the dressing room) and rightfully so. We want one win, but we want more than that. This football club too many times over the last few seasons has gone down to the wire and that simply isn't good enough. The players have been aware of that, but they know that themselves as well. They're disappointed but there are some positives from that game as well which they'll hopefully take into Wednesday".

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