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The Reaction: Blues 0 Watford 1

Posted: Sat 03 Aug 2013
Author: bcfc.com
The Reaction: Blues 0 Watford 1

Lee Clark and Paul Robinson's reaction to Blues 0 Watford 1

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Lee Clark and captain Paul Robinson reflect on today's narrow opening-day defeat to the Hornets.

Lee Clark on today's narrow defeat...

"I'm frustrated for the players because they didn't get what they deserved. I thought the performance was excellent from every single player. I think the supporters have seen the energy in the group and the determination and desire. I think the difference was a quality goal from their point of view - a typical Watford goal, a great bit of movement and a terrific finish from Deeney. At times we made wrong decisions in the final third. Our final ball just wasn't quite there but that will come because the players are decent and they've got the determination to improve. I cannot recall at any time last season when my team lost but the supporters gave the players an ovation like they did today. I think that tells its own story.

Clark on having eight debutants in the side...


"I thought they were terrific. Sometimes when you're young players and you lose they think that you've got to change things and change your philosophy but we don't have to change anything. On another day we would have got at least a draw out of that game and we deserved something. We didn't deserve to be losers today against a terrific team who, make no mistake, will be right amongst it again because of the way they play and the pace they play at. I think we more than matched them today."
  
Clark on the time it will take for his team to gel...

"I believe we've hit the ground running. We’ve been unfortunate in terms of the result and sometimes you don’t get what you deserve and my lads couldn’t have given me any more in terms of work ethic. They just didn’t get that little bit of luck that they craved for something to happen. If we play with that intensity and work-rate every fine, we’ll be fine. Even when we won games last season we didn’t play with that intensity, tempo and energy. That’s what I call a proper home performance in terms of giving your supporters pride in the jersey. That Birmingham City crest on the shirt is meaning a lot to the players and I think they’re showing that to the fans."

Paul Robinson on today’s encouraging display…

"We can take a lot of positives from today into the rest of the season. I thought from start to finish we gave Watford a right good game and we’re unlucky not to come away with at least a point, or even three. But that’s football, you’ve got to have that little bit of luck sometimes and it wasn’t with us today. It was just that end product that let us down but we know we’re getting into those positions to create stuff and that’s the most important thing. If we keep doing that in games, we’ll finish chances off. "

Robinson on Blues’ new-look side…

The young lads can take a lot of encouragement from that game today. They now know that they can perform at this level and they can go on to better things this season. It’s down to myself, Wade (Elliott) and all the senior players in the squad to encourage them to keep doing that. And they’ll drag us through it with their enthusiasm and work-rate.

Robinson on the 3-5-2 team formation…

"I think it can work but we can change to another formation, we’ve got the players, the depth and the quality, so that helps. All those three areas can help us this season. We’ve just got to take this positive performance into the rest of the games, starting with the cup match with Plymouth on Tuesday."

Robinson on the tremendous support of the fans…

"I thought the fans were electric today and they cheered us on right from the word go. Even when we were walking off they gave us a great reception so we’ve got to keep the fans bubbling. There was a lot of negativity around last season but we want to get rid of that and we want a lot of positivity and the players have shown today that they can do that. It might be a new group of players but we have shown that we’re all together and we’re all willing to win and the fans have got right behind us. I can only thank them for that and hope they keep doing that each week. "