Despite going behind to their npower League Two opponents, Blues booked their place in the next round thanks to a rampant second half and goals from Marlon King, Steven Caldwell, Peter Lovenkrands, Wade Elliot and Ambrose himself.
The new signing from Crystal Palace was pleased to make his bow at St. Andrew’s, even if the performance had not gone entirely to script:
“Well obviously it was a fantastic result for us. It was a sloppy start from the team; there were a lot of signs that Barnet were going to go ahead. We knew that at half-time and we didn’t need telling. The manager agreed with the players and echoed that we were not quick enough. The second half was a totally different game and a fantastic result.”
Ambrose wasted no time in opening his Blues goalscoring account, cutting in from his left-midfield position to sumptuously curl the ball past the outstretched Liam O’Brien in the Barnet goal from 25 yards. It was a glimpse of what Blues fans can expect to see throughout this campaign, but Ambrose is just as happy to set up the other players as he is to bag himself.
“I was pleased to get out there and pleased to play my first game at St. Andrew’s and the goal was a bonus. I’ve made it clear I’m not putting any pressure on myself to score goals, we have a lot of fantastic goalscorers at the club and I’m happy to feed them and happy for them to get the goals. As long as we’re winning games that’s the main thing, but it’s always a bonus to get a goal.”
Ambrose was quick to praise the fans for sticking with the side at 1-0 down and describing them as the “12th man” and is now looking forward to a league game against Charlton this Saturday. There were five new signings on display against Barnet and Ambrose feels that they are all settling in well ahead of the clash with his former club.
“If we’re called upon we’ll all be ready to go, everyone has welcomed us with open arms and it’s been fantastic. It’s a great club, I spoke to a few people before I arrived and everyone said it’s a fantastic bunch, the manager and staff are great. It shows out there (on the pitch) too, it’s like the lads have been together a long time. Hopefully we can kick on now in the league.”