Birmingham news Marc Roberts makes 'crumbled' point as Blues' goal search continues MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Birmingham City face Barnsley on Tuesday night looking for a first win in six games but Blues defender March Roberts identified one quality as key to success
Breaking News ! Marc Roberts has called for patience as Birmingham City look to turn draws into wins and become more expansive under Aitor Karanka. Speaking after Blues’ third successive draw, a 0-0 stalemate with Millwall on Saturday - and after their fifth match without a victory, the 30-year-old insisted Blues have come a long way since the end of last season. Blues shipped 18 goals in the final eight matches and once again flirted with relegation after a reasonable start. This season though Karanka has focused on defensive solidity, which has shored the team up at one end of the field but cost them at the other. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Roberts says all the players are buying into that approach whilst also working on developing as an attacking force. “You’ve got to be patient. You look at last year. Obviously that’s where we are building from,” the centre back said. “You’ve got to stop conceding goals and being a bit more solid at the back, not even from the back, coming from the front as well and I feel we are on that path. Read More Related Articles 'Inconceivable' - Our verdict on the big Aitor Karanka debate as Birmingham City struggle again Read More Related Articles Birmingham City fans deliver 'painful' verdict on Millwall draw as Aitor Karanka makes vow “Look at the players we’ve brought in. We’ve got some real quality going forward and it’s about using that solid base we are creating to maybe push on attacking wise and build on that.” Roberts believes the rate of evolution is hampered by the fact the condensed Championship season means Blues are playing effectively every three days. But that’s not the only reason: “The gaffer touched on it when he came in, it is a mentality thing, going from a defensive mentality to an attacking mentality with the players we’ve got and the players that have come in, is not an easy transition. “That is why it is not going to click overnight but I feel like you can see that as long as we are in games, we are going to have a chance to win them. Read More Related Articles Aitor Karanka makes 'everyone was criticising him' point about Birmingham City star Read More Related Articles Former Birmingham City midfielder Papa Bouba Diop dies aged 42 “Even in games where we’ve probably been under par, we’ve still had a chance to win those games whereas we would have probably lost by two or three goals last year, crumbled a little bit.
. “Even when you have under-performed and still have a chance of winning, to nick a goal, like at Luton where we should have won despite not really playing well.
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“That will stand us in good stead going forward when we can maybe work a bit more on the attacking prowess. “It’s just a matter of being patient with that and then hopefully we can get a little bit better going forward and be a bit more ruthless in opponents’ halves. “It is difficult to put a timescale on things. It just depends how quickly we keep moving forward. I feel like we are, bit by bit, getting a little bit better at certain things. “We will have to see how things go. It is the old cliché, literally game by game, and just see where we go from where we are.”
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