Birmingham City boss Garry Monk was extremely pleased with the performance his side put in as his side beat Hull City 3-0 in a relegation six-pointer. Che Adams scored along with a Jota brace to secure a much needed 3 points for Blues in their relegation fight.
Monk said the result came first today ahead of how his side played, but it was a bonus that the performance followed.
Monk said: “I was very please for everyone today, the players, fans and the staff. The most important part is points, we know how important every single point is going to be between now and the end of the season so to get 3 is brilliant. I think anyone would have said no matter how we got it we needed the 3 points today.
“The fact that we got a performance on top of it as well, that should send that message to the players that that confidence level and that belief should be a little bit higher. Yes we can win games and get points but we can also produce a performance as well.
“If you had told me before the game that we were going to play rubbish and get 3 points I would have taken it. 3 goals, good chances and a clean sheet so I’m very pleased for my players.”
The Birmingham boss also spoke about how he has tried to raise confidence levels around St Andrews with the Midlands side losing 8 consecutive games prior to today.
“These situations are all about belief. You can either fear it and play within yourself and go into your shell and be safe, and you do need an element of that. Or you can trust yourselves I’ve tried to promote that because you have to lift the mood and make players believe in themselves.
“We know the capabilities of the players we’ve all seen them at their best. It’s been a difficult season and we’ve not seen them at their best at all. We’ve been training hard to produce what we’ve seen today. I’ve been very pleased in all three games I’ve been here of the attitude and desire of the players, you can see their commitment.
“If anything we really should have been more clinical in that first half. If we’d have come in 2 or 3 goals up I don’t think anyone would have said we didn’t deserve it.”
In the post-match press conference, Hull boss Nigel Adkins spoke of his surprise at his side’s performance today after winning their previous two matches to climb away from the drop.
Adkins said: “I’m going to have to take a bit of time to reflect on that defeat because I certainly didn’t see it coming. We focused the player’s minds before the match, we knew it was going to be a tough game and it’s proved to be that way. Obviously we’ve just had 2 very good victories, we brought Hernandez back in so we thought we’d be a threat going forward and be solid defensively.
“We knew the way Birmingham get the ball forward and they did it better than us, we were on the backfoot from the start of the game. I thought McGregor was excellent he kept us in the game in the first-half. I’m disappointed with the first goal we conceded.”
Adkins explained how he told his players that their performance couldn’t get any worst following their first-half display in which they could have been more than one goal down.
Adkins said: “At half-time I said to the players its 1-0 we can’t play as badly as that in the 2nd half because for me that’s as bad as it’s been since I’ve been here. We were still in the game until the 2 goals they went and scored in the 2nd half. I’ve got to give credit to Birmingham they deserved to win the game and we didn’t.
“We didn’t perform to the levels that we have been playing at and that’s the disappointment today. We had a good following today from the fans, we knew it was going to be a tough game because Birmingham have got some good players although they’ve been on a really poor run. So we did our work on it we knew there was going to be threats, but unfortunately we were second best all over the pitch today.”