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Reaction: Blues 1 Nottingham Forest 0

Generally when you start a run of winning games, the first one is generally a little bit ugly and that was the case.

Lee Carsley

Assistant Manager Lee Carsley shares his thoughts following Blues' victory over Forest...

Lee Carsley on how important the win was for Blues...
"It was a massive win and much needed. It's plain to see at the minute that any win we get is going to be hard fought and we were hanging on at times during the second-half. But we would have taken any kind of win and generally when you start a run of winning games, the first one is generally a little bit ugly and that was the case."

Lee Carsley on the manager's decision to give Stephen Gleeson his first start since August...
"He recognised that maybe we needed to play a little bit more and make a few more passes and Glees is good at that. Technically he is very good. and Craig (Gardner) getting injured as well, it limited the amount of midfielders we've got. I thought he did well, but obviously it's not ideal for him getting an injury as well. But the fact that he forced his way back into the team is a good sign to all the lads that are on the outside looking in at the minute. The injury is his thigh. It tightened up but hopefully it's not too bad."

Lee Carsley on Che Adams' goal...
"He took his goal really well and on another day could have got a couple more. He's a good finisher. If he's going to up his goal tally he needs to get in those positions a lot more than he does, because when he does you fancy him to score. With someone of Che's ability the last thing to add to his game is more goals and building his reputation up in that respect. He's got a lot of good assets but there are still a lot of things he needs to improve on - his hold-up play, his movement, getting into better positions and his finishing on his weaker side. These are the things that young players need, but the good thing about Che is that you can see he's got a good attitude and wants to improve."

Lee Carsley on signs that the players were gelling better...
"We had signs even in the Brentford game where it wasn't great and the Barnsley game where it wasn't great. It's almost like you just need something to go your way. We had a great chance against Barnsley just before they go and score. On another day that goes in and you've got something to hold on to. We seem to shoot ourselves in the foot before they react."

Lee Carsley on the need for consistency...
"There is a need for consistency doing it week in and week out. The reason why the fans get frustrated, the staff get frustrated and the players get frustrated is because we don't see it often enough."

Lee Carsley on the importance of climbing out of the bottom three...
"I think that's important. The lads will watch the Championship tonight and your life and the world is a better place when you've got a win on a Saturday. The main thing for us now is following up with the game on Wednesday and having the mindset that we can go away to Middlesbrough and get a result and then follow that up again on Saturday. That will be the test."

Lee Carsley on Steve Cotterill's comments in his programme notes regarding togetherness, respect, ambition and professionalism...
"If you look at any team, organisation, company that's in transition and that has struggled and bounced about over the last few years you will find (a lack) all those things. To fix all of those things, there is a process behind it and I think this is the beginning of the process. Whenever you change anything there is a period of chaos, there is a period of uncertainty. I was first here nine years ago and I think the Cub was on an even keel and going in the right direction. I think between now and then it has bounced from philosophy to philosophy, from owner to owner and now we are at the point where we have got owners that are fully committed not only to the club but the area, the community. They are investing in the team, they are investing in the training ground, so I think long term it's going to be a good place to be. We are in that chaotic period at the minute where there is no doubt about it, you are going to lose people along the way. People that are maybe used to it not being so good and not being an elite environment. But any club that is successful has got people that are there for the right reasons and that's got to be the case today."

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