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The way they’ve applied themselves all week in terms of their tempo in training they’ve tried to get after the ball and pass the ball, so it’s a good reaction.

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Manager Lee Carsley's thoughts following his first match in charge at Pride Park.

Lee Carsley on Blues' strong performance...

"It was what I was expecting. The way they’ve applied themselves all week in terms of their tempo in training they’ve tried to get after the ball and pass the ball, so it’s a good reaction. They’re a really good side (Derby County), they’ve got some excellent players. I think the fact that we were compact at times was a little bit more difficult to break down. We spoke about being a little more resilient, a bit more compact and trying to nullify the opposition a bit because we knew the quality they have and the firepower available to them. We knew that we had to be at our best in terms of shape and possession and I thought we did that quite well. We just need to look now about having a little more quality on the counter and in the final third. We’ve got some really good lads in there, lads that want to do really well and the characteristics of a top player is to reproduce good form week in, week out and that’s the next step for them."

Lee Carsley on the decision to introduce goalscorer Lukas Jutkiewicz...

"I think that was more luck than anything. Lukas is a good player, I’ve played with him at Everton and Coventry City, so I told him if he scores don’t run over to the bench. He’s been very supportive this week as sometimes it can be awkward as a former teammate and you don’t play in the first game, but like all the players he’s been really supportive in wanting to do well for the team. Lukas is a top player and like a lot of these lads now just need a bit confidence to show what they can do. You can see the desire in the dressing room, they want to represent what are great fans and a great club. It’s important that they use this as momentum and take this on to Wednesday night."

Lee Carsley on Derby's immediate reaction...

"When you consider that we’ve lost six games on the trot, one up at Derby maybe we panicked a little bit. Sometimes when you score a goal you get excited and sometimes when you’re excited you panic a little bit. I didn’t think it was a great goal to concede as long as you don’t mind it being put in the top corner. We’ve got quite a good shape, we’ve defended the corner quite well and from memory someones rushed out and sold themselves a little bit. That’s when we need to have a little more patience and not being too ready to commit. The goal is something we can fix like that and I’m not worried about that. It wasn’t like we were tactically manoeuvred or played through so it’s something we can work on in training."

Lee Carsley on managing his hometown club...

"It was great. It’s been a bit of a weird week because when I was at Brentford after a session you’d drive back to Birmingham. Everywhere I’ve gone people want to know how the team are?, what’s going on?, who’s coming in?, what you doing? acting weird. I’ve got a lot of support and people understand that I want what’s best for the club. They can see that I’m passionate, they can see that I care and I want the team to reflect that. It’s always great when you can see the away end packed and Birmingham City have always travelled well away from home wherever they’ve gone. I’ve played against Birmingham at St. Andrew’s and it should be an intimidating place. That’s what I want it to be on Wednesday. I want it to be hostile, a cauldron, so that’s what we’re looking for on Wednesday."

 

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