Reaction: Blues 0-0 Coventry City

Reaction: Blues 0-0 Coventry City

17 September 2022

John Eustace highlighted the application of his team as they went three games unbeaten in the Sky Bet Championship.

Blues were held by Coventry City at St. Andrew’s on Saturday afternoon, with the hosts having the better openings as they played their second all West Midlands affair of the week.

This followed the memorable victory away to West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night and it was the creator in chief from the Hawthorns, Juninho Bacuna, who had Birmingham City’s best chance against the Sky Blues.

This came early in the first-half and was backed by further moments of promise, including late opportunities for Lukas Jutkiewicz and Auston Trusty after the visitors had Gustavo Hamer sent off.

Despite his side being unable to extend their run of scoring in matches to four outings, the Head Coach could not fault the efforts of his team.

Juninho Bacuna goes past his opponent.

Juninho Bacuna goes past his opponent.

Speaking to BluesTV post-match, the Gaffer outlined the impact of the midweek contest on events in B9 before recognising the improved level of performance as the game neared its conclusion

“It was a very difficult game, I knew it would be a really tough game – especially after Wednesday’s performance and the effort that the lads put in. The first-half we were a little bit too passive and we gave too many chances away, especially from outside the box.

“Saying that, we still had the best chance of the first-half with Bacuna, he should be putting that away. But the performance second-half was much more on the front foot and I was happy with the impact from the subs.

“I think from the last three games, to get seven points is a good achievement.”

Blues' players, including Dion Sanderson, give everything to find a winner.

Blues' players, including Dion Sanderson, give everything to find a winner.

The result means Blues have collected 12 points from their opening ten Championship contests heading into the campaign's first Men's international break.

And this juncture gave Eustace the opportunity to take stock and assess the progress made to date.

“I think it has been solid. We had a really bad time with three defeats in a row; we have showed fantastic character to now go three games unbeaten. We are building a squad here and a mentality here we all want to be proud of, so there is lots of hard work ahead.

“To get ten points from the 12 games, especially against the teams we have played, some of the top boys it is pleasing. But there is work to be done and we want more points, to keep improving and getting better.

“Overall, of the fans and the players, I couldn’t ask anymore. Everyone is giving 100% and I think we are heading in the right direction.”

Watch Eustace's full interview below.