Smells like team spirit

Blues come together to repel a Sheffield United attack.

There’s a lot of hard work that has been done to get us where we are now, but there is even more hard work to be done to get us where we really, really want to go.


Steve Cotterill has outlined the importance of everyone at Blues pulling the same way.

Cotterill has worked hard since coming in to forge that all important bond between a group of players who were signed by four different managers: Lee Clark, Gary Rowett, Gianfranco Zola and Harry Rekdnapp.

Most latterly there has been a sudden influx of players, accounting for the past two transfer windows, and Cotterill has steadily guided the squad, the team, the Club, towards an 'even keel'.

Blues defeat of Nottingham Forest and the performance and draw at Sheffield United have helped the direction and positive mood at Wast Hills.

“Football clubs always flip-flop on results," Cotterill said. "When you get a good result, it gives you a boost. Not necessarily a major boost because it’s been like this (here) for a long time now, really. Ups and downs, but probably more downs than ups.

“It’s also trying to get things in place at the Club that I spoke about when I first came here that will make it a more even-keeled environment. That when you do win more games than you lose, then you don’t get too high and kicked in the teeth the next game.

“It’s trying to get a bit of a balance, really. I don't think that there has been a good vibe around for a long time. So, it's not something that's going to change overnight and, it's not something that's going to change over one result and I wouldn't want it to change over one result.

"But I would say, yes, it’s been more positive and we are moving in the right direction."

David Stockdale told BluesTV that the side was definitely coming together on and off the field and, after the Bramall Lane result, Lukas
Jutkiewicz spoke about how the team had to be like a band of brothers out on the park.

“It’s about, I don’t know, you could say dragging them to where you want the Club to be," Cotterill continued.

“And along the way you will meet resistance with all of that, because you are really wanting them to get together.

“I think it is the only way a football club should ever be anyway.

“And if you end up signing a player, who you think is not going to buy into it, then probably the best thing is to get rid of him quickly. Accept your mistake and move on quickly.

“For me, I don’t know any team that has won anything that hasn’t had a team spirit. Forget everything else.

“It’s about giving. That’s what it’s about in this life. I’ve said to the players the more you give to the team, the more you get back. That’s it in a nutshell.

"It’s not about any one individual at this Football Club. It’s about being a team, on the pitch and off the pitch, whoever you are, for me.

"There’s a lot of hard work that has been done to get us where we are now," Cotterill added. "But there is even more hard work to be done to get us where we really, really want to go."