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Adkins: I'll lead from the front

13 December 2014

Gaffer reflects upon heavy Birmingham defeat

Manager Nigel Adkins elected to lead from the front when speaking to the press after our heavy defeat at Birmingham.

The emotion of a 6-1 defeat can understandably overtake any post-match analysis, be it supporter, manager or journalist, and while the boss refused to hide away from the scoreline, he also chose to show leadership and stop short of publicly criticising a team which include centre halves of just 19 and 22 years of age.

He said, "It’s a very poor scoreline and obviously very disappointing.

"We will reflect upon it and sometimes you can say words that are emotional after a game so, we’ll reflect upon it in the cold light of day and then we’ve got to pick ourselves up and get ready to go again.

"Believe you me, I'm a very proud man and I hate losing. I'm taking the emotion away from maybe saying something I will regret, because I think that's sensible at this moment in time, because I have to pick the guys up and go again.

"I've also got to pick the club up, I think that's important. Like I say I'm very proud in what I do and I think that's the best angle for me to take on it right now.

"We give Birmingham credit because they have turned their season around. Their confidence was growing and we have given away goals that are poor from our point of view and well dispatched from theirs.

"At 2-1 down I believed we could go on to win but they have capitalised on a number of situations and got the result.

"I think I put a team out that before the game everyone would have been happy with. Two out-and-out wingers, two strikers, goals in the team, energy, passing ability, youngsters at centre half and experienced full backs. We had 70% possession first half, chances, Randolph made a couple of saves but you can't legislate for goals given away, they were poor goals.

"We're mid-table, it's a heavy defeat and there's no problem with people asking questions. But I know I'm resilient, there's a lot of grit, I'll reflect on today, lead from the front and will be up and raring to go because we've got to turn it around.

"We are all deeply, deeply disappointed. I highlight the supporters all the time and I was talking to a lot of them before kick-off and we appreciate their efforts. Unfortunately today it was a very poor scoreline."

He continued, "I think I've got a proven track record and am becoming better all the time with these experiences. It's a shame we're in this situation, we have to go again. You know me, I don't highlight things, we just have to keep going and moving forward.

"[Injuries] are not a situation we want to talk about because everyone gets them. Yes we're blooding youngsters and because of that you get mistakes, but they'll become better and the club is better long term. Financially people can talk about that, it has been highlighted, but from my point of view I'll keep presenting the club in the right manner and keep working hard to get it right."

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