Birmingham City boss Garry Monk dubbed his side’s 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest on Saturday as ‘perfect’.
It meant the Blues bounced back to winning ways after throwing away a late lead in a dramatic 3-3 draw with Swansea in midweek, and that was what pleased the manager the most.
“I am delighted,” Monk said after the match.
“Getting back to winning ways, especially here at St. Andrew’s, that’s the feeling we wanted to come off the pitch with.
“It was the perfect response, a clean sheet, three points and that winning feeling, especially after the disappointment of Tuesday.”
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Jota gave the home side the lead with just 13 minutes gone, latching onto Lukasz Jutkiewicz’s fine flick before finishing emphatically into the bottom corner.
The Blues continued to have the better of the proceedings but could not find a second with Forest growing into the match more and more.
But when Reds’ centre-back Yohan Benalouane handled the ball on the goal line, Che Adams had the chance to put plenty of transfer speculation behind him as he made it 2-0 from the spot in the 93rd minute.
I agree with Monk on this one.
Birmingham have been brilliant this season in some incredibly tricky circumstances and you almost keep expecting them to collapse at any moment.
But the team spirit at St Andrews is extraordinary and once again it saw them bounce back emphatically on Saturday.