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Reaction: Blues 1 Newcastle United 1

Posted: Sat 07 Jan 2017
Author: bcfc.com

Gianfranco Zola's post-match comments after a very encouraging display from his side.

Gianfranco Zola on goalscorer Lukas Jutkiewicz’s two late chances to win the game…

“They were two very good chances and they fell to probably one of the best in the league in those types of situations. You expect a goal and it didn’t happen but I can’t blame him (Jutkiewicz), he worked hard for the whole game, he scored a goal and helped the team. They were two very good actions, from some good football; but it doesn’t matter, it was important that we got something out of the game. That will give a big lift for the morale of the players.”

Gianfranco Zola on Blues' best performance of his tenure so far…

“I thought it was the best for consistency because, apart from the first five or 10 minutes, we played very well throughout the game. I felt that even last week there were spells of good football but not as continuous as today. The more the players get confidence with what they do, the more they find automatically what they’re asked to do and then obviously this will improve the quality of the football that we can do."

Gianfranco Zola on the importance of getting his first win for the side’s confidence…

“You could see at the beginning they were a little bit edgy. It was not a great corner (for Newcastle’s early goal) but we didn’t manage to clear because there was a little bit of nervousness on the pitch. I can tell you, I was nervous on the bench as well! That’s absolutely normal and this is the moment that you have to begin to get the best out of you and react to the situation as we did. A good performance came after that and I’m sure the next game is going to be better (still). It’s been a month now that we’ve been working and the players are starting to understand more what we’re trying to do. I have seven days to work on that before the next game and that for me is such an important thing, because the messages of what I want will come out better. Winning is massive, you can be doing the right things on the pitch but if you don’t win the confidence is not going to go up. Without confidence you cannot do anything.”

Gianfranco Zola on whether his side deserved a win against Newcastle…

“I totally believe that. I’ve seen some of the stats and we had more of the possession, we had more shots and we looked more dangerous than they were. If you allow a team like Newcastle to get the ball and to be confident with the ball then you would have a problem. But the majority of the time we had the ball, especially in the second-half when we created problems for them. And when they had the ball we stopped them from getting any rhythm, I think that was the big difference.”