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One thing is for sure, we are not going to take our eyes off the prize of what we are fighting for.

Garry Monk

Blues boss Garry Monk's comments following his side's defeat to league leaders Wolves at Molineux.

Garry Monk's assessment of the action and the result...
"Coming here we are playing against a very good side, they have been the best side in the league - so we tried to make it difficult for them and try and stay in the game until the later stages. We had that great opportunity in the first-half with Max (Colin) when we could have been the ones who took the lead. That's the difference. We limited them in the first-half really well. Then it shows you, that one time we didn't defend how we should have done and they scored. In the second half,  going down to ten men makes it a difficult challenge - much harder. But still we had a chance at the end with Lukas (Jutkiewicz) to maybe snatch an equaliser - but that's the difference. Wolves are very clinical in those moments. They managed the game well."

Garry Monk on his players' ongoing commitment to get themselves of their current situation in the Championship...
"We are fighting, I think you can see we are fighting. It was a difficult challenge today, a difficult one to overcome. Had we maybe taken those two chances that we did create then it might have been different. But one thing is for sure, we are not going to take our eyes off the prize of what we are fighting for. Everyone's committed, everyone's fighting, these players are giving everything, and we will do that in the remaining games as well."

Garry Monk asked if Blues playing Wolves on the day after their promotion was confirmed was like attending someone else's party...
"There's no party for us. I couldn't care less about anything other than my players and my team. We were focused on ourselves. We knew it was going to be difficult, we understand that. I said before the game 'All credit to Wolves, congratulations to them, they deserve that'. They have been the best team in the league, they have proved that game after game. We came here to set up to make it difficult for them. I thought we were doing that well enough in the first half - apart from that one occasion. Had we maybe taken our chance we could have made it even more difficult. Going down to 10 men makes it even more difficult (for us). But with 10 men, even still we were fighting and in the game. Whilst you are only that one goal there is still that opportunity. We had that with Lukas' chance. That was our plan. You need things to go for you when you are playing against a quality side. It's very clear we are fighting hard, we have the quality, we know we can, we have got three massive games to come - that's what we are focused on."

Garry Monk quizzed on if he thought Harlee Dean's straight red card was justified...
"Harlee made an attempt for the ball, he didn't make an attempt for the player to bring him down. The player wasn't away, the ball was there to be gone for. Harlee has just mis-timed that, just missed the ball and he has brought the player down."

Garry Monk asked if he thought he'd got it right as far as his team's tactics...
"Like I said we were playing against a good side. You have to make a decision in how you prepare for these. Throughout that first-half pretty much we got it spot on. We frustrated them and made it difficult for them. With the players they have we know how dangerous they are, but we never really felt cut open, apart from that time for the goal where if one player doesn't do one thing, it can have a knock-on effect and that's where they got the goal from. Of course, they're going to create situations, but it was more from long-range, which was pleasing for us. Had we taken the chance before their goal and had a goal with that, that gives you that extra energy. But I thought the players followed it up really well, even with 10-men. The main point of it is that you can see the players are fighting and they're committed to it. As I said to them at the end, we're not going to feel sorry for ourselves. Yes, we wanted points, but we still have three games to do that. We're still in the position we are and it's in our hands. We knew it was going to be tough, but 100 per cent we're fighting, and we believe that we are giving we are giving everything we've got to get to where we want to get to."

Garry Monk asked what he said to his own players afterwards...
"It's been the same message. We knew that coming in here with the short amount of games that we're going to have that there are going to be ups and downs. You 're not going to go on a miraculous run and win all those 11 games. But what we've done is we've performed a lot better and we're in a better position to get points out of games and we've done that in pretty much of all of the games we've played and today was no different. Had we had that little bit more luck with us and taken the opportunities it could have been different. But look, we're playing against a very good side and all credit to them. They fully deserve their promotion, whereas we're fighting, and you can see that, and we’ll continue to do that in the three games and hopefully get us to where we want to get to."

Garry Monk asked why Sam Gallagher didn't make it...
“He was close but not quite fit. We trained yesterday, and he didn't quite feel where he felt he should be. We want players to play and be available, but you also can't afford to put players at risk and that would have been a complete risk."

Garry Monk on Jeremie Boga's omission from the matchday squad...
"He's not injured. I just made a decision on the team and on the squad to come here."



WATCH: Garry Monk talks exclusively to BluesTV following the game with Wolves.

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