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Keeping it simple

Posted: Thu 08 Nov 2012

Marlon King

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Marlon King feels that Blues' back-to-basics approach will help results continue to improve.

Blues' 2-0 win against Bristol City was arguably their most dominant performance of the season.

King is certainly not getting carried away by one victory, but he feels the players can take a lot of positives from the game. 

"We knew that we needed to put in a performance and we needed to be professional," said the Blues striker. "It was disappointing after Ipswich, so we needed to keep plugging away. The gaffer was adamant just to stay focused and disciplined and not to complicate the game and stick to the basics and we’d get something. If we stick to the basics we can accomplish better than where we are at the moment.

"It’s been a bit of doom and gloom over the last few weeks so it was just nice to give the crowd a lift. But we won’t get too carried away because we’ve got another tough game against Blackburn at the weekend. This league is so open if you can keep being disciplined and dig out results then you are going to be there or thereabouts. It was especially nice for the back four to keep a clean sheet and we can build on that."

Despite the amount of possession and chances that Blues created on Tuesday evening, it took them almost an hour to break the deadlock through Chris Burke. King then made sure of the win after 73 minutes.

"We came in at half-time and everybody kept their heads. "We knew had to do a job because we knew Bristol City weren't going to lie down as they are fighting for their lives," he said. "We were disciplined and there were a lot of good performances out there.

"I don’t remember Jack (Butland) having to do much because the back four were brilliant and the midfield - Hayden Mullins especially. He’s had a bit of a hard time since he’s come here, but I thought he was magnificent and young Rav (Ravel Morrison) is coming on leaps and bounds in every single game. Burkey (Chris Burke) has come in for Nath (Nathan Redmond) and done well as has Wade (Elliott), who is a clever player. The big man (Nikola Zigic) has come in and probably completed his first 90 minutes in a long time and he was unlucky not to score the header from my cross, but he's going to get his fair share of goals."

King's strike against City took his tally for the season to eight and he feels that he is continuing to improve with the more games he plays. 

"As the season goes on I feel like I’m getting sharper," he added. "I’ve played with Leroy (Lita), Pete (Lovenkrands) and Ziggy (Nikola Zigic) and I know their strengths. It’s about learning to work with each other and what we do on the training field. On our day any four of us are a handful for anyone. It’s about us all getting our fair share of goals and chipping in with assists as well."