Blues boss vows to keep faith with youth

Birmingham City

Garry Monk says he will continue to throw Birmingham's youngsters in at the deep end as they move out of the bottom three.

Academy graduate Wes Harding was again in the side as Blues beat Ipswich 1-0 on Saturday, while Josh Dacres-Cogley also came on as a substitute.

Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall both watched on from the stands and Monk says if the youngsters are good enough they will continue to get a chance no matter what the situation.

“I’ve done it since I started management and I’m a big believer in it,” Monk said. “They have to be ready, they have to work hard for that opportunity and when they get the opportunity they have to work even harder.

“Every young player should see a pathway to the first team and they should have something between their teeth to get there and see it’s reality not just a glass ceiling, which you see a lot.

I’ve done it at every club and my track record says that. I will always do it, I don’t care what the situation is. If someone shows me enough then I’ll give them the opportunity. Whether that be in the squad, starting games or coming off the bench, whatever it may be.’

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