Garry Monk Focused On Birmingham’s Relegation Fight

Birmingham City manager Garry Monk has stressed that the club are still focused on the prize of avoiding relegation despite their derby defeat at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers. The west Midlands outfit had set up with the plan of playing spoilsport for the champions-elect, but they were made to pay after failing to make the most of their chances.

Maxime Colin and Lukas Jutkiewicz had the opportunity to find the scoresheet for Birmingham in either half, but ultimately, the victory went to the Wolves by a 2-0 score line. Speaking after the game, Monk said: “We are fighting, I think you can see we are fighting. It was a difficult challenge today, a difficult one to overcome. Had we may be taken those two chances that we did create then it might have been different.But one thing is for sure, we are not going to take our eyes off the prize of what we are fighting for.Everyone’s committed, everyone’s fighting, these players are giving everything and we will do that in the remaining games as well.”

Meanwhile, Monk confirmed that the intention to appeal Harlee Dean’s red card early in the second half which dented the club’s chances of exhibiting any dominance during the derby. Birmingham are now within two points off the relegation zone, but they could be leapfrogged by Barnsley, who have a game in hand.

As such, Birmingham may witness a difficult end to their Championship season, but Monk is focused on helping the club beat the drop. Birmingham are due to face Sheffield United, Queens Park Rangers and Fulham before the end of the campaign, and they may fancy their chances against the first two. Sheffield have dropped off from playoff contention during the backend of the campaign whilst Rangers’ season is more or less over as they are comfortably placed in a mid-table position.