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It's very difficult to sit here as a manager and criticise when there's not much to actually criticise.

Garry Monk

Garry Monk's comments following his side's draw against the Baggies...

Garry Monk's overall assessment of Blues' performance....
"We just played against a very good side, to me they are probably the best side we have played this season, I think they showed that in periods of the game, especially offensively. We knew it was going to be difficult for us. But I thought the way we set up, the organisation, what we were trying to do was very effective for large parts of that game. Sitting here with that feeling of not being able to ask much more from the players performance-wise, but those small margins - you get that goal and then that penalty, those are the small margins we are on the wrong side of at the moment. We know we need to change those margins into our favour, we are working hard on a daily basis to do that. We have played like that for the majority of our games, and we know if we continue to do that those small margins will turn our way. But I am not naive, that has to happen as soon as possible. We want to get wins - that feeling of winning. Everyone who watches us can see how hard our players are trying to get that three points. It's very difficult to sit here as a manager and criticise when there's not much to actually criticise. Those margins are not quite with us at the minute."

On what he said to his players at half-time...
"It was to continue what we are doing. You have got to understand what the lads are trying to do, we have tried to put an identity for them to follow and we want them to represent it - they are the first ones that are doing it. We have an opportunity to put those foundations in place. That's what we are fighting for and I think you can see in our games what we are trying to do and how hard those lads are fighting for it. Again, I feel proud of that performance, but I am also very mindful that we wanted to give our fans that win, we deserve those wins, but it shows how hard and difficult it can be at times. We will continue doing what we are doing."

Asked if he thought Jota's penalty miss was because of a good save or a bad penalty...
"I didn't watch it. As a player I used to watch penalties but as a manager, for some reason I don't. I think it was about the first two or three penalties I didn't watch they went in, so I kept it, it's a bit bizarre really. I will maybe start watching them now."

On the quality of performances throughout the side...
"I thought there were a lot of really good performances across the pitch. We played against a very good side and a side that I think they will go back up this season. They've got more than enough quality in that squad and they've got really good experience, a good blend and very good attacking players. It was a difficult game for us but I thought our organisation and our set-up for the large parts of that game was exactly what we wanted. We created a lot of turnovers of the ball and a lot of opportunities in the final third. Of course, we know the clear-cut chances that we had, especially the penalty and Che's opportunity, of course you have to score them. But those are the margins that seem to be a little bit against at us at the moment but we're working incredibly hard and those players are trying to make sure those margins go our way. And with that determination it will turn for sure."

Asked if he thought Kristian Pedersen could have done better with his clearance for West Brom’s goal...
"In terms of the actual error that you saw in terms of clearing the ball, I thought he was a little bit unlucky. He gets his foot to it, it hits the player and falls back in his path. It was more the build up to it that was more disappointing, and we should have dealt with better. But it's learning process and he's done very well since he came in. There were some defensive mistakes across today, but you've got to understand that you expect that against a good West Brom side who are always going to cause you problems at certain points. I think overall, we nullified those threats quite a lot and we created good opportunities ourselves. It was a difficult game against a very good side but one that we felt disappointed coming off. That means that we did something right. The amount of positives that we've got but we don't just want to be saying positives, we want to make sure that they're wins. We totally understand that and are realistic with that. If we continue in this way, we'll be 100 per cent on the path we want to be, and we believe in it."

Asked if he would take a scrappy 1-0 win and a poor performance...
"Maybe it needs a rubbish performance and an undeserved 1-0 win. I'll take that although you don't really wish for that as a manager. You can see how hard we're performing in the vast majority of the games. You can't really criticise the players at full-time after that. They need to take those real clear-cut opportunities and be ruthless, but we're working incredibly hard for that and these margins will turn if we continue to put the work in that we're doing."

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