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Reaction: Blues 0 Bolton Wanderers 1

We’re frustrated and disappointed with that performance. The effort and commitment was there, but we weren’t good enough with the ball.

Garry Monk

Blues boss Garry Monk reacts to this evening's narrow home defeat to the Trotters. 

Garry Monk's overall thoughts on a frustrating night for his side…

“We have to be frustrated and disappointed with that result. Especially with the ball tonight, our performance level compared to the last few games was below where it should have been, and where we wanted it to be. And we were prepared – we knew that Bolton would come and set up to try and play for that point, they’d be organised and packed behind the ball. What you have to be then is good with the ball, and we weren’t as sharp as we have been with the ball. When that happens, what it comes down to is those few chances that you do have, you need to take them. And I think that was the difference. Just before their goal, he (Remi Matthews) saved from Jots (Jota), pushing that (shot) onto the post. The only way they (Bolton) really looked like scoring was from a set-piece and unfortunately the one time they got that set-piece, we made that mistake and they scored. Che had that chance to equalise, he’s been tucking those away for fun this season. The keeper gambles early and lucky for him he gambles right. When that happens, you know it’s not going to be your night. We’re frustrated and disappointed with that performance. The effort and commitment was there, but we weren’t good enough with the ball.”

Garry Monk on not getting too down about one disappointing result…

“You could see that the determination was there to get points on the board, we fought right till the end to try and salvage at least a point from the game. But we just didn’t quite manage to do that. Those couple of really good chances that we did have, it didn’t fall for us tonight and we’ve ended up on the wrong end of the result. It was similar to the first game (against Bolton earlier in the season, when Blues also lost 1-0). I’m sure they’ll be delighted to have taken six points off us this season, but I don’t think that’s very deserved. But we can’t complain about that. What we have to do is dust ourselves down and go again. There’s only been one time this season when we suffered a defeat and we haven’t responded straightaway. That’s testament to the character we’ve got, and we know within the group that we’ll recover now and get ready to fight again. We don’t take losing very lightly – that’s something we’ve tried to change at this club – and we’ve managed to show the right response.”

Garry Monk on the performance of January signing Kerim Mrabti off the bench…

“It’s never easy coming onto the pitch; it’s difficult for all subs, especially in this type of game, but I thought he did well. You can see how sharp he is. The way he set up Che for that opportunity near the end showed the skill and composure that he does have. And he’ll be a benefit for us going forward, for sure.”

Garry Monk on David Davis’ return from long-term injury late in the game…

“It was good for him to have some minutes and that’ll be a confidence boost for him, and his team-mates as well. And going into this last period of games we’re going to need everyone, and Davo’s a big part of that.”

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