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Reaction: Blues 0 Huddersfield Town 3

The only thing I'm focusing on is getting three points on Saturday and the team is the same.

Pep Clotet

Pep Clotet's comments after seeing his side beaten by Huddersfield Town at the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Pep's thoughts on the performance and result...
"This is a performance that we don't accept - not just me but the player themselves. I have full trust in them and see in their eyes the desire to put it right because we know it's been a very bad game for us. We were very disappointed and didn't like the game and the result. We had a couple of bad performances in the first part of the season but since the new year we have been pretty strong, and we haven't seen a Birmingham as bad as we were in both boxes today. It's up to us to put our hands up and admit it was a bad game and congratulate Huddersfield because they were better than us in most of the things today. Our job is to recover from this and bounce back again and get points on the board until the end. We've already spoken to the players and they're committed 100 per cent to bouncing back as strongly as possible on Saturday."

On his side making another slow start and falling behind early in the game...
"I don't want to mention much otherwise it will end up looking like an excuse because we're responsible for our own performances and we're not happy with it and we don't like this. We need to start stronger and we know that and it needs some extra focus to make sure we are on top of the games because the fact there are no fans in the stadium it kind of changes the situation of the game a lot. In the last two games we started conceding goals and that is something I haven't seen Birmingham do in a long time. On Saturday (against Hull) we managed to turn the game and today I thought we did enough to turn it but in the opposition box we were not as efficient as some of the other times."

Asked if Blues had taken one of their chances before half-time there could well have been a different outcome...
"Absolutely. We created enough chances for the scoreline to be different, but those chances didn't go in. As a team we were soft and put ourselves into some situations defensively that we don't normally get into. I saw a Birmingham that I don't normally see. We were not as strong as we should have been in both boxes."

On his decision not to make use of any substitutes...
"Very simple. It was tactical. When we were losing 1-0, I thought we had enough chances to turn the game. When it came into the second-half apart from a few things we were creating attacks and had the most offensive team and I had full trust in the players. In other circumstances if it was another scoreline, I had plenty of options to use subs, but in this situation that I wanted to make sure that all our offensive players were on the pitch."

Asked if he thought Blues were safe from the threat of relegation...
"No club is safe until it is mathematically so and they have the points, but we need to remember we are only three points behind where we were last season with six games to go. The only thing I'm focusing on is getting three points on Saturday and the team is the same. That would match the points that we got for the whole of last season and that's why we want to keep adding points. I have a good relationship with the players, and I respect them and trust them 100 per cent on their professionalism. I think all the players are fully focused on doing the best for themselves and for the Club from now until the end. It's not that they are trying or down. They were frustrated because things were not working for them today and they want to be competitive. When I spoke to them after the game the only thing I saw was an immense desire to bounce back on Saturday."

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