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Jukey - We don't have time to feel sorry for ourselves

Lukas Jutkiewicz celebrates after scoring against the Baggies.
Lukas Jutkiewicz celebrates after scoring against the Baggies.

We believe that we've got the quality to pick up more points than the teams around us but now we have to go and prove that.

Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Blues striker Lukas Jutkiewicz says it is up to  the players to swiftly put the disappointment of Friday night's defeat against West Brom behind them as they enter a run of decisive Championship fixtures.

Jutkiewicz netted Blues' second goal in the 3-2 loss at the Hawthorns - which was a fifth successive defeat for Garry Monk's side.

The striker's 59th minute headed finish against the Baggies was the first time that he had found the net since the Villa game back in November.

"Of course, you want to score goals, but ultimately you want them to mean something and unfortunately on Friday night they didn't," admitted Jutkiewicz.

"I'd have rather not scored and we won the game but that's the way it's gone.

"In terms of our performance there were a lot of positives; particularly in the first-half.

"It was a well-measured, disciplined performance and that's something we have to take into the next games.

"Unfortunately, second-half we didn't quite have the same amount of focus and those are things we have to work on to take forward."

The complexion of Friday's local derby changed after West Brom were awarded a contentious penalty, from which they subsequently equalised.

And whilst Jutkiewicz didn't agree with the decision he understands the difficulty referees have with such close calls.

"We've had the advantage of seeing it back and it looks harsh," he said.

"It's a difficult job for the referee and in real time it's a tough call to make because he doesn't have the benefit of all the angles, but it looks like he got that one wrong."

Blues now face successive home games against promotion-chasing Leeds United and Sheffield United in which they will be hoping to put an end to their winless streak.

"It's about taking it on the chin and showing the resilience we have all season and cracking on with the next fixture," continued Jutkiewicz.

"Time and again this season we've shown the will and desire to leave everything out there (on the pitch).

"I think we did that against West Brom, but it just wasn't quite enough but moving forward I think we've got more than enough in our changing room.

"The points deduction is out of our control but it's something we've just got to deal with.

"It's a shame for the fans and the players that have done nothing wrong, but that's the way the rules are.

"We've got ourselves to 50 points this season already and we're going to have to do it again and use all of the character and resilience that we have shown this season to pull ourselves through.

"We have futures to secure for the Club and ourselves, so we don't have time to feel sorry for ourselves.

"We've got five weeks to secure our status in this league and it's about making sure we get the job done.

"This is the position we've been put in, so we are in a relegation scrap.

"However, we believe that we've got the quality to pick up more points than the teams around us but now we have to go and prove that."

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