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Reaction: Blues 0 Norwich City 2

The minute the goal goes in it’s a different game for us and a different game for the players.

Steve Cotterill

Steve Cotterill’s comments following Blues loss to Norwich City at St. Andrew’s.

Steve Cotterill on his disappointment at losing, particularly after seeing his side start the first half hour so well…
“I know, considering we had three strikers missing and Lukas Jutkiewicz was our only fit striker going into the game. God knows what would have happened if he had lost him in training this week. But we started the game really well, I felt, right up until the goal. We were good, we were bright - the better team. But the minute the goal goes in it’s a different game for us and a different game for the players. It affected us - just as it would have affected them had we got our noses in front. Then we were somewhat indifferent from the goal until half-time. Then we changed it at half time, went to 4-4-2 just to see if we could get a bit more tempo in the game but we couldn't quite build up that head of steam. In fact, what it probably did do was give them a little bit more possession in midfield because they overload the midfield. I am not sure that changing to that did anything for us really. The first goal we have made a bit of a mistake from the free-kick, the second goal we have made a bit of a mistake as well - but I am not about to stand out here and publicly persecute anyone."

Steve Cotterill asked where Blues go from here…
“It’s the same as it was before the game. Not ideal. The performances haven’t got worse. It wasn’t a poor performance. But it’s pretty obvious we can’t score goals. We haven’t scored goals for a long time here. But the performance, there are teams I have seen in the Championship this year play far worse and get a win. Our problem has been that we haven’t been full of goals.”

Steve Cotterill asked if the confidence factor comes into it now…
“The confidence factor was low when I came in here. Nothing changes as regards that. The confidence factor was low anyway. But on the back of last week [1-1 draw at Sunderland], what you do is you build it every week. That’s what you have got to try and do. The only consolation today is that the results elsewhere have gone for us, we are no worse off having got beat at home - apart from a bit psychologically again because we haven’t scored. But we had enough chances last week, we had another striker fit last week and we didn’t finish Sunderland off when we should have done. It’s not surprising this, which is why we do a lot of work on the training ground to try and avoid a lack of organisation. We are organised but if there is an individual error, there is something you can’t do anything about. But like I said I am not about to come out here and have a go at somebody on an individual error.”

Steve Cotterill on losing another game…
“We didn’t turn up here today not wanting to win. We have been all the way up to Sunderland and got a good result. So, the first thing we want to do when we come back here, we want to try and get another result. If we had gone and got our three points today we knew that would have taken us fourth bottom, so we would have been out of it. We know all that, we have worked all the permutations, we looked at how the fixtures would be today. No-one has gone out there and not wanted to win the game today.”

Steve Cotterill on another big game coming up against Leeds United on Saturday…
“They are all big games. Leeds United or any other United, it doesn’t matter, it’s about us and what we do.”

Steve Cotterill asked in an ideal world if he would have liked to have made more changes…
“I don’t know whether it would have been this game or Saturday’s game, if I am totally honest. When we played like we played on Saturday, and their performance was good, and their confidence was good, you perhaps want to build on that a little bit. The enforced change with Sam Gallagher today, I may not have made because the team and the team shape was good last week. I probably wouldn’t have changed anyone for this one. It might have been the next game where we would have had to think about it - that third game over the festive period. Saturday-Tuesday are normally games we would play anyway. I thought we had a couple of lads today that for them were under-par, but that might be because they have just come back in the team and had lengthy absences through injury.”

Steve Cotterill asked if he thought any of the Club’s young strikers could make the step up at present…
“No, I would love to think there is that. You wouldn’t know how many times I have asked that question. I don’t think that. I wish, I really wish that was the answer because it would be so, so easy and if it would have been the answer I would have done it long before now, I wouldn’t have waited before today if I thought any of our younger boys were the answer.”

Steve Cotterill on the possibility of striker Che Adams returning this weekend...
“I'll probably know a bit more about that by the end of the week. We're on days now if you know what I mean. He's been out for three weeks, but that's the second chunk of it. He's been out with a hamstring before, so it's been a reoccurring problem. You don't want him to have it in the first place. You want him to have a good strong pre-season and build that and then come out of that and be fine. But there's absolutely nothing we can do with either of the two strikers we've lost. It would have been fantastic to have them available going into this game and not an ideal scenario of just having Lukas Jutkiewicz.”



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