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Considering we were playing against another promotion candidate, once again we acquitted ourselves fantastically. I thought in the first-half we got ourselves into the lead, but we made some mistakes for their goals.

Garry Monk

The Blues boss gives his thoughts on this afternoon's exciting encounter with the Rams.

Garry Monk on today’s hard-fought draw…

"Considering we were playing against another promotion candidate, once again we acquitted ourselves fantastically. I thought in the first-half we got ourselves into the lead, but we made some mistakes for their goals. We had a little bit of problem with them getting to our back four a little bit too easily in the first-half, but we adjusted that in the second-half. Apart from the double save from Campy (Lee Camp) towards the end, if there was one team that you thought was going to win the game and looked most dangerous then it was us. It was a good point, we’re playing against a good side, like we did against Leeds and Sheffield United here recently, we’ve acquitted ourselves well." 

Garry Monk on the late penalty shouts that didn’t go his Blues way…

“There were a couple of situations for both teams when we were both appealing for it. You hope you get it but at the end of the day it’s up to the referee to make those decisions. You have to live with whatever decision comes. When the player’s arm is in an unnatural position (Richard Keogh to Michael Morrison's hooked ball across the area) and the ball strikes the arm when it’s moving goalwards you hope that you get a penalty, but it wasn’t to be.”

Garry Monk on the next match away to Rotherham United, who are seven points behind Blues with three games remaining…

“It’s a big game on Monday now, a huge game. We need to be ready for it and make sure we try and take points from it. Of course, the objective is to get mathematically safe. I think you’ve seen how hard we’ve worked in the last four or five games that we’ve played. These players have given huge effort and commitment. I think we have a good structure about us, we’ve looked a threat; every set-piece today, our counter-attacks look they could have been a goal every single time. Unfortunately for us, Jukey has hit the post, those are the margins you live by. We just want to finish the season strongly, a very tough season, but this group has really shown their spirit. They have been a joy to work with.”

Garry Monk on the possibility of rotating his squad at all for the trip to the New York Stadium…

“Unless you know of 20 players I don't know of . . . we’ve only got a small squad and we’ve asked a huge amount from them this season physically. We’ve got a few bumps and bruises, but you’ve seen their mentality, once they step onto the pitch they forget about that. I’ll have to look at them tomorrow in their recovery and try and make a decision. We don’t have the luxury of making a huge amount of changes, to be honest.”

Garry Monk on what caused Lukas Jutkiewicz to be substituted late on…

“It’s just a little bit of cramp, it typifies his commitment, but he’ll be fine. Energy levels are important that this stage, but we’ll be ready. We’re conditioned, we’re prepared – that’s what the pre-season work is for, it’s these months to get through to the end.” 

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