Boro looking to draw on past experiences

David Bridges believes past success can help Boro this term

BORO midfielder David Bridges believes the success his side has had in recent campaigns can help them in their quest for more this season.

Boro currently occupy one of League Two’s four play-off places and automatic promotion is still a possibility. Graham Westley’s side have been in good form of late, becoming the first side to win six games on the bounce in the division this season and are currently unbeaten in seven league games and Bridges believes the experience the squad has gained in their last two campaigns can help get Boro across the finish line this time around.

“We have players in the squad that know what it takes,” Bridges told The Comet.

“Last year we had 14 wins out of 15 to finish; the year before that we had a good run to finish and we know that this time of year is when it matters.

“We know all about the opposition, we’ve played them all either home or away and we’ve to go and do the job now.

“We know five games and five wins and we’ll be in League One. It’s as simple as that. We don’t focus on anything else apart from the next 15 points we can pick up.”

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One piece of silverware Boro failed to get their hands on was the Herts Senior Cup as two goals from Charlie Stimson saw Boro lose out to Barnet on Tuesday evening. Bridges captained the side and played in an unfamiliar role at the heart of the defence and expressed his disappointment at not getting his hands on the trophy.

“The gaffer talks about every competition we enter we go in to win it,” he said.

“We don’t ever take any game lightly and especially when you are that close to silverware you want it.

“First half we caused our own problems. It was embarrassing the number of times we lost the ball in our own half. We didn’t get up the pitch, we were playing up the hill and basically we got camped in. Second half we came out better, got the goal and to be honest their second goal came against the run of play really. We’ve had a couple of chances afterwards but we didn’t really create anything solid. I think they closed the game out well.”

Despite playing out of position the 28-year-old said he was happy to get 90 minutes under his belt and enjoyed the responsibility of leading the side on the night.

“Tumble (assistant manager John Dreyer) called me yesterday to tell me I was playing centre half and to be honest I don’t really care where I play, I just want to play football and win games,” said Bridges.

Talking about the captaincy he said: “It’s an extra responsibility, I like that and I don’t shy away from anything like that.

“I’m disappointed tonight because we haven’t performed well enough to get the trophy. We had a lot of first team players there tonight and we were very attacking, maybe that didn’t help us but to be honest we still had enough on the pitch to win games like that.”