Zola ‘relieved’ after win; Lambert: We’re in a fight

Date published: Saturday 25th February 2017 1:28

Birmingham manager Gianfranco Zola admitted that he was relieved after his side’s 2-1 Sky Bet Championship win over Wolves at Molineux.

First-half goals from Maikel Kieftenbeld and David Davis earned Birmingham only their second league win in 13 matches under the control of Zola.

Birmingham had to play the final 37 minutes with 10 men after the dismissal of skipper Paul Robinson but held on despite substitute Nouha Dicko reducing the arrears for Wolves.

Zola, who had lost his previous three games, said: “I am delighted because of the win and the performance.

“We have had tough times and we have been suffering so this is a very good break for us. In the second half we played very well. We looked like we were stronger.

“The sending-off could have killed a lot of teams but we showed a lot of character.

“The players are relieved, happy and excited because we have been through a lot of suffering in the last few weeks. It is not easy to pick the players up when there are so many bad results.

“This is a break that they deserve as they work very hard and believe in what we are doing. No-one can question the attitude and the passion that everyone has at this club and we will work even harder as we want this to be the beginning of things.”

Zola has hinted that he could appeal the 53rd-minute dismissal of Robinson for his challenge on Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.

The Italian, who revealed Birmingham are unlikely to take any action after some items were thrown on the pitch by Wolves fans after Davis had scored against his former club, added: “I will have a look at it.

“Paul told me that the striker was grabbing him and he was just getting off him. But I will have a look and if we have to do something we will.”

Wolves have now lost four successive league games and sit only five points above the relegation zone but manager Paul Lambert is confident they can get out of trouble.

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He said: “We know that we are in a fight. You have to realise what you are involved in. We can’t keep dominating games and come away with nothing. That has to stop.

“We are a really talented group when we are on song. Sometimes when you go through these things it makes you stronger.

“If you ask if I think they are strong enough to come through it, absolutely. I have got no concerns about that but what I want the players to realise is that they are in a fight and in a fight you make sure that you get out of it.

“If they keep doing what they are doing and finish off that work then hopefully we will be fine.

“I think you have to be streetwise. It is not an individual blame game, we win together and lose together. You have to do the right things and we will come through it.

“We are above the line and everyone thinks you are okay. But we are not okay. You have to eat, sleep and drink it to make sure you are never in this position again.”

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