Reflecting on last week’s loss to villa, Boss Garry Monk has come out to the press saying that it was largely due to instability throughout the match, which they paid dearly for.
Blues were in charge for most of the first half, having taken the lead through a Lukas Jutkiewicz shot – being his tenth goal of the season. We could’ve have, and should have, gone 2-0 up in the last ten minutes of the first half but Che Adams was unfortunate to hit the post. Three minutes later, our lead was overturned as villa found the back of the net twice to make it 2-1 before the half time whistle, with the match ending 4-2.
“The first 35 minutes we were excellent. We got the goal, we were solid and kept them exactly where we
wanted them We had a chance that came off the post for 2-0 and that would have been ideal,” Monk said to Press.”
“It has been the last three games where we have got ourselves into really good positions in
games, doing what we have been doing for the whole season, but we have come away from that
little bit of toughness to defend situations. To continue making it hard for teams, frustrating
Monk continued, “before we have been exactly that for the whole period of games and managed to get
results. But we have been that little bit too easy to score against and not had that toughness. Ultimately
today we got punished for that. The first 35 was perfect, we did exactly what we wanted to do, we need to make sure we get back to that for the full game.”
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Monk said, “because we have been more free-flowing and scoring goals, we may not have got the balance right. Yes there are mistakes within the goals, but I think we need to get back to being that team that
is very difficult to break down. Good teams find it hugely frustrating and we are able to cause them problems. This is a tough one to take, against your local rivals, we know how much it means to our fans –
we are hugely disappointed for them and for ourselves.”
Finally he added, “but this group have come a long, long way. You think at the start of the season where we were being written off. We all know our circumstances and what we are trying to fight against, these boys have been putting in maximum effort. I just think the last three games there has been a lesson we need to learn very, very quick – get back to that toughness.”
That lesson seems to have been learnt. Wednesday evening saw us win at Millwall and also keep a clean sheet. The Lion’s red card probably helped, but nonetheless it was a good response and good result. We now need to continue our undoubted improvement of this year, on Saturday at home to Preston.