Garry Monk has demanded an immediate response after admitting that his side are in a “sticky patch” following their home defeat to Millwall last night.
It was the Blues’ third loss in a row in what had been a difficult 11 days, with the club suffering problems on and off the pitch.
But Monk refused to use tiredness as an excuse, and although he admitted there were heavy legs, stressed that as professionals they “need to understand that that’s a demand on you”.
He told the Birmingham City official website: “We’re in a sticky patch at the moment, and we need to come out of it. There are no excuses tonight, we simply weren’t good enough and at the end of the day to be successful as a player, as a team and as a club, you have to meet the demands of the Championship.
“What’s important in the remaining games is that we finish what has been a really positive season up to this point as strongly as possible. We have a changing room capable of doing that, but it needs a realisation of that happening very quickly.
“We’re just in a patch at the moment where things aren’t quite going for us. Like tonight, we haven’t performed to the levels that we know we can and what we have to do is respond strongly. We need to stick together and show the spirit that we have this season.”
The Blues were in a fairly decent position before this poor run, and while they are still only six points off the play-off places, they languish in 12th spot, needing to overhaul six other teams in order to make it, which will be a tall order.
After last season’s struggles, it would be harsh to say that this season could turn out to be a disaster, but it could certainly become a ‘what could have been’ years.
The team simply must get back to winning ways or any outside hopes they have of a decent season will be washed away.
Monk acknowledges the importance of not letting the season peter out when spelling out the importance of the games coming up.
He said: “We have to make sure all the positives that we’ve had from this season don’t go to waste and everything we’ve tried to do needs to come shining through. I’m more than confident that that changing room can do that. We need to show that as soon as possible, which is this Saturday’s game.”
The Blues’ next game is a tough trip to Preston North End, who are unbeaten in their last 11 games, including an impressive win at high-flying Middlesbrough last night.
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