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26 February 2022

Centre-back on the race for the top six and defensive stability

Luke Woolfenden says that Town need to take care of their own results as they continue to pursue the play-off places in League One. 

The Blues travel to Morecambe this afternoon looking to return to winning ways having been held to a goalless draw by Cheltenham at Portman Road on Tuesday night.

Town could move to within a point of the top six should Kieran McKenna's side win at Mazuma Stadium and other results go their way later today.

"With where we are right now the focus has to be on us," said Luke. "In this league, people will say it a lot, but anyone can beat anyone.

"The first thing we do after a match is reflect on ourselves and how the game went. We discuss the performance and result but then we might have a look at results from elsewhere afterwards.

"You have to turn up every game because teams will punish you if not, but you do keep one eye on how other games have gone."

Tuesday's match saw Town make it five successive clean sheets, the side not conceding a single goal throughout February so far.

"As a defensive unit the confidence is definitely growing," the defender continued.

"George [Edmundson] said it earlier in the week, and so did the boss in his most recent interview - the pressing comes from the front and we all work for each other.

"It's important that the midfield is compact when we don't have the ball, but a settled back unit behind that is helping. There is a real desire to defend.

"There is certainly a confidence and belief that we can keep a clean sheet in a game, and I think that then reflects in the performance and how people do.

"Earlier in the season we couldn't keep a clean sheet but were scoring for fun, and now it's slightly the other way. We're still creating the chances, though, which is the encouraging thing.

"We're defending better as a whole team, so if we can strike the perfect balance then we will be flying."

Luke Woolfenden disallowed goal vs Burton (H).jpg

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