Birmingham City defender clearly asks teammates ahead of Bristol City test


Yan Valery has issued a rallying call to all concerned at Birmingham City ahead of a crucial showdown with Bristol City at St Andrew’s next weekend.

the Blues The right-back, on loan from Premier League Southampton at the end of the January transfer window, has only made his second start for the club in the 1-0 loss to Barnsley at Oakwell on Saturday.

The result instead undone the good job the Blues had done in recent weeks, having beaten relegation rivals Sheffield on Wednesday and came back impressively from behind to win all three points against Queens Park Rangers.

Yet in Yorkshire over the weekend it was a very poor performance where the Blues failed to put a glove on the Tykes and did not manage a single shot on target in the game.

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With Coventry City overtaking County Derby, the Blues are once again on the edge of the bottom three, and Rotherham – the team directly under the Blues right now – is three points behind but has remarkably three games in hand.

Young defenseman Valery admits the performance against Barnsley was not good enough and the Blues need to improve their game when Nigel Pearson leads the Robins to St Andrew’s.

“Just because we’ve lost a game now doesn’t mean we’re going to bow our heads,” said Valery. “We don’t have time to cry or be sad. We have to go and win the game against Bristol. That’s it.

“Everyone [is up for this battle]. Players on the field, players on the bench, players who do not travel. Everyone is together, all the staff, everyone.

“We all want to stay in the league this season and we all know what we have to do. Everyone has to be in the loop. “

American Daryl Dike scored a howl just after half-time to separate the two teams and secure Barnsley’s seventh straight victory, but Valery was disappointed with the Blues’ collective effort to force the issue and get back into the game. match.

Attention quickly turned to this coming weekend.

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“After that goal we should have said ‘okay we have nothing to lose, let’s fight’. We didn’t. Now that it’s done, we have to bounce back, watch the game, see our mistakes and the best we can do, ”added Valery.

“We have to bounce back next Saturday. We have to win games now. You can’t just, when you concede a goal, just leave it like that. We have to fight.

“No game will be easy, we know that, but now we have to stick together, cheer on everyone and win games, it’s that easy.”

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