Reaction: Blues 3 Hull City 3

The strikers are scoring goals, but the problem is in the last two games we’re conceding far too many.

Garry Monk

Garry Monk gives his thoughts on a topsy-turvy home game with Hull.

Garry Monk on today’s draw with the Tigers…

“The first-half is where you want to be. I know they (Hull) will be disappointed with the goals (they conceded), more opportunistic from us, but credit to us. We took those opportunities and you’re exactly where you want to be, 2-0 up at half-time. We’re comfortably in the lead and then second-half was not good at all. We conceded the first goal and that 25-minute period in the second-half was the exact opposite of what we expect. We warned the players at half-time that Hull will come out with nothing to lose and they’d throw everything at us. We prepared them for that. But, unfortunately, we didn’t focus and do the jobs to the standard of what we expect and what’s needed in those moments, the mentality to get you through. Hull upped their intensity and we didn’t match that. Unfortunately we’ve done that in the last two games. That’s been two second-half performances where something’s gone against us and we haven’t dealt with it in the right way. That’s something for me to go through with the players in the international break and find out the reasons why and make sure we address that.”

Garry Monk on his team at least battling back from 3-2 down to earn a point…

“That’s the positive out of the game, we managed to get that equaliser and make sure we didn’t lose and gain another point and maintain the unbeaten run at home, which we’re proud of and working hard to keep up. The overall picture is still very healthy. It’s still only one loss in the last 13 games, which is difficult to do.”

Gary Monk on Che Adams recording a hat-trick, a month after Lukas Jutkiewicz achieved the same feat…

“The strikers are scoring goals, but the problem is in the last two games we’re conceding far too many. Earlier in the season we weren’t conceding many, but the criticism was that we weren’t scoring enough. Now we’ve flipped it around and we’re conceding too many. Overall I think we’ve got the balance of defending and attacking well, but these last two games unfortunately we’ve made too many defensive mistakes and not been focused on what we should have been doing.  

Garry Monk on the injury to Jota that forced his first-half withdrawal…

“He just felt that he couldn’t carry on. He felt tightness in his hip flexor area, so we had to make the change.”