Date: 5th May 2015 at 5:21pm
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Consecutive Player of the Year Tim Ream has said that Bolton were gutted to not take something from the final game of the season against Birmingham City at the weekend.

A one nil defeat left Ream admitting to the Official Site that it had taken the shine of his personal achievement for the season.

‘Whenever you lose a game it`s disappointing, but Saturday was just one of those end-of-season games where both teams didn`t have much to play for. You never want to lose and drop three points, especially at home, but against Birmingham we just didn`t play up to our abilities. There wasn`t much between the two sides really. I felt as though we had a lot of possession and saw a lot of the ball which is all fine and dandy, but if you don`t do anything with it then it can hurt you and it did.’

Ream went on to say that ‘without a doubt’ it left a sour taste in the mouth because no players wants to head into the off season on the back of a defeat because there’s nothing you can do about it with no more games remaining, and he knows it’s not the right way fans want to close out a campaign either as a victory also gives a bit more confidence and hope for the next year.

‘That said though, it`s something we have to swallow in the off-season and come back raring to go in August.’

Ream did receive his award prior to kick off in the game, so he took time out to thank those who voted for him once more as he picked up the same award for 2013-14.

‘It`s a great feeling – it`s definitely one that gives you a couple of goosebumps whenever you hear people talking about it. When you have the fans voting on that award and for it to happen two years in a row, it`s something special. I mentioned in the matchday programme that it`s something that I`ll always cherish and it`s because of the fans that I`m able to win the award.’

With the Birmingham game seeing youngster Quade Taylor make his debut in the backline, Ream had words of praise for the efforts of the 21 year old in the match.

‘Quade did very well, especially with it being his debut. He really stepped in and was talking a lot which you find that the younger players don`t do as much to begin with when they first come into the team. We had a lot of good communication and he was in the right spots when he needed to be alongside recovering when he wasn`t. Overall, he can be really pleased with his performance and he`s definitely going to be one for the future – you look at the guys like Tom Walker, Oscar Threlkeld, Zach Clough and Josh Vela coming in, and I`m sure Quade will be one to watch next season.’

Ream ended by saying that as one of the more experienced seniors at 27 year of age, there is a buzz when you see clearly talented youngsters making their first steps in their career, and as a senior, having been helped yourself, it’s then your turn to pay it back and help them as best you can.

And of course we’ve had a number of youngsters step up this season for one reason or another.

‘To see them all come through, this year alone, has been fun – to train with them and to watch them grow, it can only bring them great pride in themselves that they`ve been able to step in and really contribute. Without a doubt though, next season we`ll be looking to kick on and start next year as we mean to go on. It`s something that`s been discussed in the changing room following the game and it`s the goal – the ultimate goal for us. We want to be up there challenging for promotion and fighting for a place in the top flight. There`s no ifs or buts about it – that is where we want to be.’

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