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REACTION: Stoke City 0 Blues 1

It is a huge three points considering the side we were playing away from home, I think it was a performance full of heart and full of spirit and very good organisation, when we got our chance at the end we were clinical, it is a fantastic three points.

Garry Monk

Garry Monk spoke to the media after the superb win in the Potteries...

Garry Monk on the victory...

"Very satisfied with three points, it is a huge three points considering the side we were playing away from home. Put it into context: they have one of the best squads in the division and are fancied for promotion. I think it was a performance full of heart and full of spirit and very good organisation, when we got our chance at the end we were clinical, it is a fantastic three points. I think we have shown that heart a lot this season but it was a gutsy performance."

Garry Monk on Stoke's penalty claims...

"I didn't see them, it is what it is, we've had some decisions go against us this season, I'm sure Stoke will feel aggrieved, but I'm more proud of my players, for all their pressure, apart from the last five or ten minutes, they never really cut us open, there were no clear cut chances. Lee Camp made a very good save first-half but we set up how we wanted to set up and were very effective with it. We knew going into the second-half with our fitness levels we would be a threat and we hit the crossbar through Maxime Colin. And the goal was a very well worked goal, of real quality. When Peter Crouch came on and you expect those long direct balls to go into the box but we dealt with them fantastically, it was a brilliant away performance and I'm so happy that we got the three points, it's what we feel our performance deserved. To give those fans, over 3,200 of them I believe, a result like that is fantastic, showing them that spirit that we have at the Club, between the team and the players, and it was fantastic to send them away happy."

Garry Monk on the performance...

"It's great to see our performances turning into wins now, in the last three or four games we have definitely been more clinical, that is what you need to be in any league, another clean sheet, we have a really strong spirit that filters from the terraces into the players and into the staff. We need to keep going, we know what we are up against, that performance was full of heart and spirit, we've got a long long way to go but this group is very much focused to keep going and come to places like Stoke and pick up maximum points."

Garry Monk on Che Adams...

"He's getting better and better, he is still very young but I don't class him as a young player as he's been around long enough to know what he's got do, he's growing and his partnership up top (with Lukas Jutkiewicz) is getting stronger and stronger."

Garry Monk on Connor Mahoney's first start...

"Jacques Maghoma travelled on the Thursday and did about 12,000 miles (on international duty), something silly. He was only available for training on Friday. I didn't think that was the right preparation. Connor, as well, he has contributed when he has come on. So it was a bit of both, he deserved that start. I thought he did excellent - as did the whole team."

Garry Monk on Kristian Pedersen's withdrawal, West Harding going on at left-back...

"Kristian was ill Friday night. Then he got that booking early on. Tom Ince was probably one of their most lively players, so we made that substitution. So it was because he had been ill, what Ince was doing and he was on a booking. Again, he showed the character because he was willing to put himself on the line and give his best for the team. Wes, at that point, due to Ince's pace and trickery, we know how quick and aggressive he is and we felt that was the best option to try and deal with it. I thought he was excellent. Their biggest threat was coming from down that side. Putting Wes there and Jacques Maghoma there (on for Connor Mahoney) nullified it a little bit more."

 

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