Monk sets out his requirements for Blues survival push

Birmingham City

Garry Monk has challenged his Birmingham players to maintain the high standards they set when beating Hull in their last league game.

Monk, who took over as Blues boss from Steve Cotterill earlier this month, wants to see the same level of commitment and control when they host Ipswich at St Andrew’s on March 31.

Occupying one of the relegation places courtesy of their inferior goal difference, Monk told the club’s website: ‘We set the bar quite high that opening 10 minutes (against Hull), and we managed to maintain that. It allowed us good moments, defensively and offensively.

‘We put them on the back foot, we didn’t allow them to get into the game or get any momentum. That was through our sheer desire, how we set up and how we went about it.

‘When you do that you have to capitalise and we should have capitalised better in the first half. We could have scored two or three.

‘But the whole game, we controlled it. We set the tone. Saturday set the minimum standard.

‘I do think there is a lot more to come from them. I do think there are things I see we can improve and get better at.

‘But that commitment, that work and that attitude will be there, 100 per cent.

‘I have been very pleased with in all three games, since we have come in. Certain things have been very good but there are also other things to improve, as I’ve said.’

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