John Eustace: Fully focused on Huddersfield

John Eustace: Fully focused on Huddersfield

John Eustace insists nobody in his dressing room is focusing on anything but the visit of Huddersfield Town on Friday night.

Blues host the Terriers at St. Andrew’s under the lights, facing another of last season’s Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-finalists after kicking off the campaign away to Luton Town.

At Kenilworth Road, Birmingham City put in a resilient display, keeping a clean sheet against a Hatters team that posted the joint-highest points return in the second-half of last term.

However, as pleased as he was with the efforts of his team in Bedfordshire, the Head Coach is only looking forward, and specifically to the hosting of Danny Schofield’s men.

St. Andrew's is set for the return of Sky Bet Championship football to B9.

St. Andrew's is set for the return of Sky Bet Championship football to B9.

Speaking to BluesTV as part of his pre-match media duties, the Boss outlined what he demands when the referee’s first whistle sounds at 7.45pm and gave an insight into his expectations of the visitors.

“We have moved on from that [Luton] now and this week has been fully focused on Huddersfield. We have been here for four weeks and everything has been geared towards being hard to play against and I think that was on show. Those are the fundamentals now of what I expect. The level that they showed, their commitment and their effort was top on Saturday. That needs to be a given now, and then it is about improving again.

“There is a real good buzz around the place at the moment, we know how tough Huddersfield will be. They are one of the top teams in the league from last season and rightly so. The game on Friday is going to be difficult.

“They are a very well-drilled team, with and without the ball, they have quality throughout their side, and they have an excellent coach. We know it is going to be a really difficult challenge, but it is one we are looking forward to and one we are prepared for, and hopefully, we can get a positive result.”

Marc Roberts was at the heart of a resolute defensive effort against Luton Town.

Marc Roberts was at the heart of a resolute defensive effort against Luton Town.

In terms of player availability for the second matchday, Eustace revealed he is set to have his selection pool enhanced by the count of two and gave an update on those recovering from injury, including last week's arrival, Krystian Bielik.

“No knocks this week, hopefully, we will have George Hall and Ryan Stirk back. Two real good young energetic players to boost the squad. Gary Gardner and Nico Gordon are not back yet but are making good progress with the medical department so they should be back in the short term.

“Krystian is a couple of weeks away, he is a bit behind everyone else, but we are delighted to have him here. He is a great midfielder to have at this level and he is only going to help the squad when he is back fit.”

Watch Eustace’s full interview below!