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Manager calls for Blues fans to 'come strong' with their support

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There are going to be moments when we are not at our best, or we have not quite got going, or there's a period we are in when it is not quite happening for us. It's really important our fans recognise this and that's what they come strong with their support.

Garry Monk

Garry Monk has made a direct address to the Blues fans attending the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on Saturday.

The Blues boss is keen that the faithful lift the players, if required.

Blues are unbeaten at home but also to get off the mark with a victory.

In fixtures against QPR and Ipswich Town, when expectancy levels were relatively high, Blues couldn't quite get over the line.

Monk said that Saturday's visitors Rotherham United will prove a tough nut to crack - and that's where the fans can have an effect.

"I'm making it really clear: Rotherham are very organised, a lot of energy, a lot of endeavour. It's not going to be an easy game for us.

"Everyone needs to be aware that Paul (Warne) has got them very organised. Very similar to ourselves in terms of that sense, in terms of spirit.

"A difficult team to play against. We have to respect that in the sense that we have to match that work rate, we are going to have to overcome that, on our patch, and try and put ourselves in a position to win.

"I've said it all along, from day once since I came in, the support the fans have shown me and the staff the players, it has been fantastic. And all the way up to this point; passionate, right behind the team.

"The only thing I would like to say to them directly - and I am sure they understand - is that it's really important that the team give them something to get behind. And that's what we try to do, week in, week out. That's our number one aim.

"But what we all have to understand is that it's very difficult in a Championship season, with so many games, for every moment of every game, for every 90 minutes, for the team to continuously give that.

"There are going to be moments when we are not at our best, or we have not quite got going, or there's a period we are in when it is not quite happening for us.

"It's really important our fans recognise this and that's what they come strong with their support.

"If you take the example of Ipswich Town first-half and then second-half: second-half was exactly what St. Andrew's can be.

"The first-half, yes, it's down to the team to give the fans something to get behind but also if our fans can recognise when that period is not quite right for us, then that's when they come even stronger.

"And if they can do that it's a real benefit to the team, to the atmosphere, and can help drag the team back up to a level it needs to go.

"I know our fans are capable, they can do it and there are moments where they are disappointed with the performance or when it's not quite going for us. But if they can come through that with a real strong support it's going to be of benefit to everyone.

"That's why I wanted to say that to them, respectfully."

 

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