Garry Monk looks for spirited response from his side

Blues boss Garry Monk
Blues boss Garry Monk

The lads have done fantastically, they really have, and what we need now is one last big push.

Garry Monk

Garry Monk has urged his players to come out fighting when they travel to Preston North End this weekend looking to end a run of three successive Championship defeats.

It is the first time in Monk’s B9 tenure that his side have lost three league games on the bounce.

Blues have always tended to respond well to setbacks during the manager’s time at the helm.

The recent sequence has bucked that trend, but Monk is confident that with the spirit and togetherness in his squad they will return to type during the final fifth of the season.

“The lads have done fantastically, they really have, and what we need now is one last big push,” stressed the Blues boss.

“This game on Saturday, and then coming out of the international break into those remaining games, we need to put a real solid run of form together.

“I think that’s what we deserve, as a club and as players, but it’s not going to be given to us. We have to go and fight for that.

“We have been fighting all season and now it’s time to show that fight at its strongest level.

“That means everyone – our fans, us as a staff, the players themselves. A big part of our season has been how strong our togetherness has been – that unity, spirit and fight.

“We need to see that and, as I said to the players at the end of the game on Wednesday, that’s what we expect. And that’s what they have said to each other too.”

Blues will have a phenomenal following of 5,623 at Deepdale.

Monk believes that strength of support shows the high esteem in which the current squad is held by the fans, thanks to the players’ never-say-die attitude and willingness to give everything for the shirt.

“I think that just shows how much the belief of the fans has come back into this team,” commented the Blues boss.

The St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium chief understands the grumbles of some fans at the final whistle of Wednesday’s disappointing midweek loss to Millwall.

But he is backing his lads to respond in the right way.
“Yeah, we’re in a difficult patch, but what are we going to do about it? We’re going to stick together, that’s the way it is, that’s what we do at this club,” he insisted.

“That’s been the mentality of this club for a long, long time. Just because we’re in a difficult patch, what we are going to do? Turn on each other? No chance. We’ve come too far to do that.

“I understand, especially on Wednesday night, there were some frustrations at the end, but thoroughly deserved. We appreciate that, we’re an honest group of people here.

“I think the one thing we’ve shown this season and everyone together there’s been a huge fight and sticking together, that’s why those numbers are coming. And the players will respond to that, I’m sure.”