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What The Papers Said

26 March 2014

Media talk post-Birmingham City

With the big Manchester derby taking up most of the column inches in today's national press, it was left to local papers the News Shopper and Birmingham Mail to cover Tuesday night's devastating defeat by Birmingham City.

Here are a couple of snippets of what was said:

News Shopper

Despite the poor points return, the Lions boss believes the squad's spirit is stronger now than what is was when he took over.

He said: "They really are disappointed but the overall collective spirit is a lot better than it was when I first walked through the door.

"I'm devastated for the lads because I've seen all sorts of effort there, but they are giving me that belief.

"This is when you find out about yourselves and it's more about the group.

"I have to make the group believe."

Holloway added: "I've seen times like this when I haven't managed to do it, but I don't believe we won't manage to do it. That's the gospel truth.

"I want to help this group and it's really hurting me.

"At the end of the day I want to set this club up right and get it right long-term.

"I believe in the people, I believe in myself and I believe in us.

"When I first came in it was 'me' or 'I'.

"Now they are hurting together and that's the difference. And I believe that will keep us up."

Birmingham Mail

Lee Clark was full of praise for his Birmingham City players after a crucial victory at Millwall.

The 3-2 win took Blues eight points clear of the Championship relegation zone.

Had the result gone the other way, Blues would have been right in the mire.

Clark, his team and his opposite number Ian Holloway knew full well how important the outcome was.

And that was reflected in a volatile and tense atmosphere at the Den that also had to be dealt with.

"Breathless," was how Clark described it.

"You come to a club that's in a similar position, we're fighting relegation.

"And you come to an intimidating place with a young group of players.

"I thought they were brilliant. I thought they handled the atmosphere, I thought they handled the situation.

"There were a few hairy, scary moments, refereeing decisions, etcetera.

"And my lads - to a man - were terrific. They were brave, tough young men.

"If there are any flaws in your character, you get rolled over. Their fans demand that from their players.

"I was really pleased with that side of the game but I thought, at times, there were some great bits of quality as well in the final third.

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