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Juke enjoying fruitful Hogan partnership

Lukas Jutkiewicz and Scott Hogan.
Lukas Jutkiewicz and Scott Hogan.

It takes different styles to win football matches and pose different threats to defences and we try to do that, so hopefully we've got a decent balance

Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Lukas Jutkiewicz feels that his partnership with Scott Hogan has helped make Blues a more 'balanced' attacking side.

Jutkiewicz netted for Blues in the 1-1 draw against Brentford at the weekend.

It took his tally from the campaign so far to 12, just two short of the 14 he achieved during the 2018/19 season alongside Che Adams.

Although this latest partnership is still very much at the embryonic stage, it is clear that the different skillsets of the duo complement each well and give Blues something extra.

"I'm enjoying playing with Scott and I enjoyed playing with Che also," said Jutkiewicz.

"It's worked well. You need to get balance in the side because you want to cover all aspects of the game, whether that's playing in behind teams or into bodies.

"Scott does certain things that I can’t, and I try to do things that Scott's not favourable to do.

"It takes different styles to win football matches and pose different threats to defences and we try to do that, so hopefully we've got a decent balance."

Although Hogan wasn't on the scoresheet against The Bees, he has already proved his worth to Blues with three goals in his opening four games since his loan move from Aston Villa.

"You always knew he (Hogan) would score goals," continued Jutkiewicz

"He didn't play a huge amount at Stoke, but he still scored.

"I think he scored a brace on his home debut for them.

"He's shown wherever he's been that if he gets a good run of games then he will score goals and we're really happy to have him here."

The form of Jutkiewicz and Hogan has run parallel with a general upturn in fortunes for Blues, who are now unbeaten in 10 league and cup games following Saturday's draw and Jutkiewicz says that the side has undoubtedly made progress.

"We had a tough period over November and December time, and we've come through that and hopefully we can continue to do well and keep pushing on," he said.

"It just goes to show there's not a huge difference between all the teams in this league.

"We seem to be a bit more organised and perhaps there's a better defensive balance and not so many gaps. It's a sign of progress.

"But sometimes it's just the rub of the green. There are some games during this run that if things had been going against us, we might have lost those games."

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