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Berra: We'll Bounce Back
Monday, 12th Jan 2015 06:00

Town centre-half Christophe Berra expects the Blues to bounce back from Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Derby County.

Chris Martin’s 57th minute goal saw the Rams to victory and up to second in the Championship level on points with leaders Bournemouth with the Blues one behind in third.

“There wasn’t much in the game and in the end it was a mistake, which cost us, but that is part and parcel of football,” Berra said.

“We have had a good run with just one loss in 21 before this but we will bounce back. There are a lot more ups and downs to come, hopefully more ups for us.

“We didn’t pass the ball as well as we could have and didn’t create the chances, but that happens. We are all human beings and we have off days. If anything we had the better chances but it’s all about small details.

“There is no way the Southampton game was on our minds. The league is our bread and butter and we were totally focused.

“The FA Cup is great and we are up against Premiership opposition but we want to win this league.

“If you had said at the beginning of the season that we were would be third after 25 games we would have taken your arm off.”

The Scotland international says not too much ought to be read into the result: “This is not even a blip, it is one defeat, a blip would be two or three defeats, no, we are still very much in this.

“No team has the right to win every game, not even Manchester United or Chelsea as had been shown. No, we will look to show consistency and if we do will be fine.

“We didn’t play our best but nor did Derby, it was just one of those days. The goal wasn’t the best but the striker took his chance when it came.”

Derby skipper Richard Keogh felt his team had to dig deep to beat the Blues: “It was two good teams going toe to toe. It was a big result.

“We have matured as a group, as we have done throughout the season. The games come thick and fast.

“We defended well as a team as we had to against good players like Didzy and Murph. We kept a clean sheet again which was important."

The 28-year-old Ireland international was with Town as a youngster before being released: “I was a schoolboy with Ipswich and I had a really good upbringing here.

“They taught me how to play football the right way and in a way it was good to show a few people what I can do and prove them wrong.

“One man’s trash is another man’s art and I have not looked back since I left here.

“It’s funny how football works, Stoke were here looking at the dome at Ipswich’s training ground and they copied it at their own training ground.

“I was playing in a game against Norwich at the same time. They saw me and I went there. I have won here now with Derby and Coventry.”

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Kropotkin123 added 07:21 - Jan 12
We've shown tremendous bouncebackability in the past, so why not now...

osborne added 08:05 - Jan 12
Yeah, why not indeed. Another good performance against top opposition on Wednesday and we will be brimming with confidence and on our way again! We are still only one point off the top. 9 points from 12 off Middlesboro, Brentford, Charlton and Derby with a draw at Southampton thrown in for good measure is a great return. COYB

ArnieM added 08:59 - Jan 12
Need to win weds and the sat and we're back on track.

RedDust added 09:01 - Jan 12
Christophe Berra.. The Vincent Kompany of the championship!

brian_a_mul added 09:43 - Jan 12
I have a feeling that a certain Mr Wenger may make a cheeky bid for Berra.

He is looking for an experienced old school CB for this defense. I wouldn't be surprised if the Arsenal scouts have mentioned Berra as a possibility.
Berra is Premier League quality defender at his peak and with lots of experience at that level plus he would be relatively cheap in comparison to other options.

PragmaticBlue added 09:49 - Jan 12
Oh thanks Brian! That thought has really improved my Monday morning!!!

spanishblue added 10:36 - Jan 12
No problem there I don't think he can speak French or German can you imagine a scot in at Arsenal

cooper4england added 12:50 - Jan 12
Bouncebackability- 2015's word of the year

brian_a_mul added 16:14 - Jan 12
Pragmatic Blue, Ha ha your very welcome!
Though I would lighten the mood on a gloomy Monday morning! Actually I think Berra has a French connection somewhere so I wouldn't be surprised if he had some french.

TBH we cant afford to loose him, and it wouldnt pay us to sell him or any players at the moment considering what promotion would bring!

atty added 18:01 - Jan 12
Midfield the difference. Yes l know we don't have any money to spend, but if we had two midfielders of the calibre of Hughes and Russell, we would be top and cruising! Suprised that the poll shows a low percentage for improvements in midfield.

oddball added 19:27 - Jan 12
If we had a midfield we would be top? We are 1 point off top! This is an awesome season. Positive vibes is what is needed :-)

atty added 07:01 - Jan 13
I said "top and cruising" . We are battling it out with several others and l think we could well struggle as the games come thick and fast, with small squad, as the season grinds on. My maim point was that Derby had two class midfielders on the pitch( who also worked as hard anyone), and midfield is our weakness for a number of reasons. Would agree that this is an awesome season.MM and the lads have done brilliantly all things considered, but we do lack real quality in midfield.

oddball added 14:56 - Jan 13
Hmm.. Would just seem harsh to me if anyone should lose their place to new signing when they have done so well, l like our midfield.

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