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Birley looking for run in team
10:30am Wednesday 7th March 2012 in Steve Carley By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
AN extended stay in the Worcester City team is the aim for Matt Birley following his recent resurgence.
Having struggled to pin down a regular place in the side since the turn of the year, the attacking midfielder has returned to form with two goals in two games.
The 25-year-old was on target against both Blyth Spartans and Boston United, as well as making a goal for Michael Taylor in the former, as the St George’s Lane outfit made it five unbeaten in Blue Square Bet North.
With City looking to continue their play-off challenge at Corby Town on Saturday, Birley is hoping manager Carl Heeley keeps faith in him.
The former Birmingham City trainee said: “I was out of the side for a few games and it’s frustrating but you have to bide your time and when you get in take your chance.
“Hopefully, I have done that in the past few weeks and I might keep my shirt for next week.
“I am injury-free and I just want a nice run of games now before the end of the season and hopefully I can grab a few more goals and we might be able to push on up the league.”
Birley, however, accepts that Worcester have one of their strongest squads for many years and can’t afford to drop his standards.
“We’ve got a great bunch of players and you know that if you do come off you are being replaced by a good player,” he said.
“If you’re not doing it, someone else will come in.”
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