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Reaction: Blues 2 Nottingham Forest 0

I thought it was a really strong performance. It was the perfect response, a clean sheet, three points and that winning feeling, especially after the disappointment of Tuesday.

Garry Monk

Blues Manager Garry Monk gives his reaction to this afternoon's win over Forest.

Garry Monk’s overriding thoughts after a hard-fought victory…

“I am delighted. I thought it was a fantastic response and a strong performance from us. I said going into it against a quality side like Nottingham Forest, it was always going to take that kind of performance to get what we wanted. Getting back to winning ways, especially here at St. Andrew’s, that’s the feeling we wanted to come off the pitch with. After being 20 seconds away from that in the game on Tuesday (at Swansea), we showed how much we wanted to get that winning feeling again today in front of our fans. I thought we dominated for most of the game, but as you’d expect in the last 10 minutes, they (Forest) threw everything at us. But in those moments we defended really well and there was nothing really clear-cut on our goal, and then we got what we deserved with the second goal. It would have been nice if that second goal had come a little bit earlier, but I thought it was a really strong performance. It was the perfect response, a clean sheet, three points and that winning feeling, especially after the disappointment of Tuesday." 

Garry Monk on playing Jota in a more central role and scoring the opener…

“It was difficult because Martin O’Neill has only had a few games with Nottingham Forest, but I felt they might set up in a way which we could try and affect them and get on the front foot. We used Jota in that position in this game to try and do exactly what he did do. He scored a fantastic goal and I thought him, Che and Jukey were really effective. It was a really good first goal. We’ve worked on that set-up in training since Tuesday and the pleasing thing is that they’ve delivered it with a strong performance. That’s credit to the players for doing what’s been asked of them.

Garry Monk on Che Adams assuming the responsibility for the late penalty…

“I think it was always going to be Che, even though Gards (Craig Gardner) was on the pitch. Che is in good form, he’s confident – but it’s lucky he scored it because Gards is the penalty taker! But there’s no issue, as he scored.”

Garry Monk on Adams remaining at the Club after a month of newspaper speculation about his possible departure in the January window…

“He is fully committed, I’ve said it all along. I’ve seen no change in him, even during the final days of the window when maybe things became a little bit more serious. He’s maturing, not just as a footballer but as a person as well. It’s great to see that development. You try and have a close relationship with the players. I’m very open with the players and have had plenty of discussions with Che and I’ve seen no change in him. I’ve just seen someone who’s determined to do well for Birmingham City.”

Garry Monk on his team moving up to eighth in the Sky Bet Championship table, four points adrift of the play-offs…

“It changes so much in the league, but the most important thing today was to get back to winning ways. We want to try and put a run of games together, that’s our aim. We’ve done it before when we went 11 games unbeaten earlier in the season. We need to try and do something like that again, that’s what we’re fighting for. We’ll just take each game as it comes. The lads have been fantastic, playing against a side that’s expected to be up and around there. We’re not expected to be battling for promotion. We’re just going to try and enjoy it and give everything that we’ve got in each game."

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