Toral blossoming at Blues

The forward is on loan from Arsenal and has stamped his mark on the Blues team.

 Toral spent 2014-15 at Saturday's opponents Brentford but was more often than not used as a substitute.

At St. Andrew's he has become an integral part of the side in the role playing behind the main striker, usually  Clayton Donaldson, another ex-Bees favourite.

"It is a different type of season for me," said Toral. "Last season was my first professional season, I learnt a lot and I think I am learning other things here as well.

"I am getting minutes, and that's what I need. I am enjoying it a lot.

"I spoke to the manager before I came and I knew exactly what he wanted from me.

"I am learning as well in that role."

Toral has netted four times so far but his touch, movement and vision is such that he often sets up plenty of openings for others.

"The positions I am getting in I should get more goals," he admitted.

"But if I keep getting in those positions I am confident that I will get my goal tally a little bit higher.

"I also try to create for others as well, that is important. But I think I should score more as well."

Back to back 1-0 home victories have helped keep Blues in the mix for the Play-Off places.

Toral says Blues should continue to look up.

"We had a rough spell, but we are still there, we are still in touch with the Play-Off places. We need to keep working hard and we will get our chance again in there."

Toral was at his velvety creative best during Monday's win against MK Dons.

He commented: "We really played well. We defended well as a team, counter attacked well and we created loads of chances. It could have been more than it was.
"But a win's a win and after a poor performance at Sheffield Wednesday we needed it."

He might have ended up bagging the winner himself had Jacques Maghoma squared the ball back to him in the middle of the penalty area as seemingly the whole of the MK Dons defence tried to snuff the winger out.

"At first I thought he should have laid it back, but he didn't," Toral reflected, with a smile. "He made the right decision to chop again. He had a sight of goal and he hit it - great goal from him."

Toral was back in harness with Donaldson who made his first start since early November following injury. He admits it was great to have The Don doing his thing again.

"We are very happy with Vaughany as well, he's done a great job, and Brock when he got the chance.

"But Clayts gives us that, how he played. He had chances as well and he creates for others. It's great to have him back."