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Blues happy to go forward with current squad

Blues celebrate Jeremie Boga's goal against Sunderland
Blues celebrate Jeremie Boga's goal against Sunderland.

Blues good run of recent form continued on Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Sunderland in a crunch fixture, a result which took them out of the Championship relegation zone.

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This January’s transfer window has contrasted to the trading periods of late.

After two successive windows of frenetic dealings, Blues have settled with this current group of players.

Manager Steve Cotterill has spoken about how there has been a squad imbalance which needed to be addressed.

Therefore January 2018 was significant for departures from St. Andrew’s, whether on loan or permanent.

Whilst Cotterill was considering some targets, he made it clear over the past several days leading up to the 11pm Wednesday deadline that it was unlikely new blood would be brought in, until the summer.

Speaking after making seven changes for the Huddersfield Town FA Cup tie, when those coming into the side acquitted themselves very well, Cotterill commented: “We will continue to work with the boys that we have got who have been great to work with, their spirit is getting better all the time.

“The football we are playing is better, so they are my main focus - in fact they are my only focus.

“I think that you would have seen over the last six weeks there has been a great improvement in them, a great improvement in their spirit.

“So sometimes actually cutting your squad can work for you as well. The balance there now - even though we haven’t brought anybody in - is better than it had been.”

Cotterill has also spoken of his determination to ensure the ethos at Wast Hills among his players bears the hallmarks of hard work, health, competition, cohesion and discipline.

Blues good run of recent form continued on Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Sunderland in a crunch fixture, a result which took them out of the Championship relegation zone.

By the end of August, Blues brought in 14 players – the most ever during a summer window - and 14 went out.

Inevitably, after such a turnover, new players needed a little time to settle and gel to a pattern of playing, which Cotterill has overseen.

Key players have also been out injured for significant spells, which hampered that process.

And in every window, it can often be a tough process to bring in the players you would ideally like who are better than those already in. This can be due to a variety of reasons including options elsewhere, financial, league position amongst others.

To recap, here are the outgoing deals the Club was involved in during January:

Liam Walsh, Everton, loan expired.
David Cotterill, ATK, free transfer
Stephen Gleeson, Ipswich Town, free transfer
Emilio Nsue, APOEL, undisclosed
Nicolai Brock-Madsen, KS Cracovia, loan
Ronan Hale, Derry City, loan
Viv Solomon-Otabor, Blackpool, loan extension
Dan Scarr, Wycombe Wanderers, loan extension
Olly Mulders, Mickleover, loan
Matthew Timms, Sutton Coldfield Town, loan
Daniel Cleary, released

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