Having picked up seven points from their last three league games, all with clean sheets, the Blues continue to chip away at the gap between their current mid-table position and the top seven slots, with manager Keith Curle fully focused on getting the results needed to continue the momentum his team are currently building up.
“We’re grinding results out at the moment and, at home, you find that there aren’t too many teams who come here to attack us,” he said. “A lot of them come here to keep their shape and we found that we were getting a little bit anxious about that in the early part of the season.
“We’ve worked on that and we’re starting to make sure that we don’t vacate areas where other teams can exploit us. That means we aren’t as open and expansive, but it’s giving us solidity.
“What comes first? Do we want stylish, entertaining, free-flowing football, but we get beat? I know how to win games and the way I get measured in my job is ultimately on results. My win percentage is quite good as a manager and that shows that I know how not to get beat.
“That means that results have to come first, and then we can build on our style of play. If we find that we’re starting to get two or three goals ahead of teams, that’s when we can go on and be open and expansive.
“It isn’t going to happen in every game, but we do want to bring entertaining football as much as we possibly can.”
“All managers are judged on results and performances,” he continued. “If that’s pressure then I’ll take it, because I’m here to win games. Within that is a need to continue the improvement we’ve seen over the last few years, without breaking the bank.
“We’ve brought a level of professionalism to our recruitment process and how we operate, and that’s why I know I don’t need to worry about my contract. If the club decides they need to go in a different direction, I will wish them well.
“I can’t please everyone all the time, but what I can say is that I enjoy working for this club and I enjoy trying to improve the departments I’m responsible for.”
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