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We're even more determined - Bridge

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Wayne Bridge is adamant that the disappointment of the last second derby defeat will only make the Blues harder to beat in the remaining quartet of matches.

The City defender made an excellent return from injury against the Reds and is fired up for the final weeks of the season that will decide the destiny of the last Champions League place.

“Losing like we did was agonising especially as we didn’t deserve to be beaten like that,” he declared after the dust had settled on Saturday’s disappointment.

“I thought we deserved more than we got, even more than the draw that we nearly had. They have done it to us before and it has happened again. We just can’t afford to switch off like we did for the last ten seconds or so.

“We created a few chances, I had one myself late on, but I didn’t really have the energy to put my foot through it and score. It was a weak effort

“Losing was a real kick in the teeth but the prize is still there. The momentum is perhaps with Spurs but at the same time we know that fourth place is still in our hands.

If anything, losing like we did has just made us even more determined, that was the mood in the dressing room afterwards

...Wayne Bridge

 

“We will be working even harder to make sure that we are in the top four come the end of the season.”

Good news for the Blues was that Bridge came through the game unscathed in terms of his injury.

“I got a bag on the knee but it is fine and I will be ok,” he confirmed. “I feel shattered but we will all be ready to go at Arsenal next weekend. We were down on Saturday afternoon but we are clearly not out.”

Martin Petrov’s knee injury has ruled him out for the rest of the season.

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