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Garry Monk.
Garry Monk.

It was harsh for the players because I think they deserved something from that.

Garry Monk

Garry Monk’s comments following his side’s narrow defeat to his former club Middlesbrough at the St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium…

Garry Monk asked if his side left themselves with too much to do...
“No, but it was the classic sucker punch. When the team sheet comes out and you see they have four defenders and five midfielders you know they’re going to be a difficult team to break down. I think in the first-half we got caught up a bit in some of the (referee's) decisions, and the flow and tempo of the game wasn't where we wanted it to be. We got kind of distracted by that quite a bit. Unfortunately, we went a goal behind which makes it even more difficult especially against a side like that with the quality they have, and who are organised and defend very well.”

Garry Monk on how pleased he was with his team’s second-half performance…
“I thought we were fantastic in the second-half and the lads' showed their character to come back and push for that equaliser. We were the team in the ascendancy and using the ball a lot better and were more effective. But then Middlesbrough scored almost straightaway and it was a simple situation we should have dealt with better when the ball was put through the middle. It was harsh for the players because I think they deserved something from that. But unfortunately, that's football and sometimes you just have to take it on the chin.”

Garry Monk asked about the penalty appeal when Che Adams appeared to be brought down in the box…
“Che said he had contact. He went down. That's the referee's decision and we'll leave it with him.”

Garry Monk on replacing Gary with Craig Gardner at half-time and thereafter the increased influence of Blues wide players...
"They had so many men behind the ball, and we knew they're a quality team as well. Second-half we just had to move the ball a little bit better and a bit differently, free up situations where Jota and Jacques Maghoma can be more effective, and I felt we did that second-half. First-half was really difficult to do that, we didn't do it well enough."

Garry Monk on the withdrawal of Maikel Kieftenbeld after Blues equalised...
"It wasn't anything to do with the second goal for them. They went direct and we didn't track the run. We had the ascendancy. We were on the front foot. We wanted to go and win the game. Nothing to do with the substitution, it was an unlucky moment in the game for us which we didn't quite defend right, that ball down the middle, that channel ball. He got through on the goal, good finish from him, and that's the quality he has got (Britt Assombalonga). But we didn't deserve that, for the way we played second-half.
As I said, it was the classic sucker punch, wasn't it? We knew it would be a game of limited chances for both sides. Second-half I thought we were fantastic, unfortunately we got that sucker punch after the equaliser, which we didn't deserve. We showed the right response, the character again, in that second-half. The endeavour and the quality finish from Che was what we deserved at least. Unfortunately, that's football. That moment, that margin, went against us."


Garry Monk on Isaac Vassell’s return to the action after 15 months out…
“It was fantastic to see him out there on the pitch. At the point he came on, as I said, we were in the ascendancy and had got the equaliser. I thought we needed to send a message that we wanted to win the game. Had it not been for that one incident for their goal, we would have had five or 10 minutes to possibly get the winning goal.”

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