McDermott’s general reaction to the performance and result…
“We’re all absolutely devastated, especially after the last week where we played at Derby and got a great result and Stoke where we were down to ten men against a Premier League club and played so well.
“When we came in today we thought we’d turned a corner but we didn’t perform. It’s the players who cross that line and we had too many players that didn’t play well today.”
Asked if Tuesday’s exertions had an impact…
“I don’t think so. As a player you’re used to playing three games a week, so that’s normal.
“They’ve had a lot of rest in between, so to go from one high on Tuesday to today’s low is hard to swallow.”
About the lack of urgency shown by the Blues players...
“I thought our decision-making was very poor at times. Obviously the manager has told them that first thing they’ve got to do is look forward but their first thought was to go sideways or backwards, certainly in the first half.
“Once Charlton got the goal I thought we got on top of them a little bit, but they were always going to hit us on the break.”
On how the result has seen Blues drop into the bottom three…
“It is a bad position and not a position we want to be in. We don’t anticipate being there for long.
“We’ve got a good dressing room and good spirit, but those players didn’t turn up today and there’s nothing you can do about that. We’ve got to brush ourselves down.
“Tomorrow we’ll look at the game with the players. The manager has already started looking at it as we speak Then on Monday he’ll be looking at Huddersfield’s game because they played today.
“No one is happy being in the position we’re in but I’d like to think it won’t last long because there are too many good players.
“The players were devastated after the game and you could hear a pin drop. But it’s gone now and there’s nothing we can do about it. We’ve got a tough game against Huddersfield next week and that’s what we’ve got to focus on.”