After the perfect start to his life as Blues Manager, Chris Powell prepares for his first away game in charge since his appointment...
Powell brought in three new faces on deadline day and with the addition of fresh legs the Blues Boss is confident that his side can become more consistent in upcoming games.
On the teams’ performance on Saturday
You’ve got to start somewhere and it’s a good building block for the group and for the club as a whole; because it has been tough. We had a real testing game against Scunthorpe; but the efforts of the players were immense, I thought their aggression without the ball was good, and I thought at times we had some good passages of play.
We got the fans on side and even going one nil down we showed good resilience in coming back, as we were knocking on the door and their keeper made some good saves, and then to score in the last minute, everyone likes a last-minute goal, the winner an unlikely hero but somewhere for us to start, it’s important that we got points on board early.
On the team’s morale boost
It’s pleasing that the players could feel that they can win games again because you do start to doubt yourself, it’s very natural, it’s good for the fans to see their team win again, good for me for my first game, I’ve said to the players we’ve set a bench mark and hopefully they can be a bit more consist in trying to perform in the way that they did.
On the new signings fitting into the squad
Two of them can play, young Shayon and Freddie are both available, they have trained with the group and fitted in really well, quite surprisingly it’s like they’ve been here longer than me, but Sam won’t be available, he wont be down till the weekend, he’s had a bit of a knock, but I spoke to him yesterday and he’ll be fine, but Freddie and Shayon are coming into a group who are quite buoyant and their eagerness to be part of it will help and we’re looking forward to a tough game.
On Blues’ opposition
They have a very open style of playing, it suits the players they have, and even though it was a tough result for them against Leicester, in what is a local derby from my time at Leicester, they will be focused on the game, they are in a decent position, they’ve got plenty of points in games and I think they will absolutely will go for it in all their remaining games, especially at home.
But they have an open style, whether they are attacking or defending so it’s up to us to counteract their open style when they have the ball, but equally in transition, in the turnover that we keep the ball, select the right ball, select the right cross and do our best to punish them.