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Colin happy to be given attacking licence

Maxime Colin heads home Blues' winner against Blackburn Rovers.
Maxime Colin heads home Blues' winner against Blackburn Rovers.

This year the manager has asked me to go higher a lot more and I try to give as many assists as possible as well.

Maxime Colin.

Maxime Colin says he is enjoying the responsibility given to him by Pep Clotet to help provide more of an attacking threat for Blues.

The French full-back bagged his first goal of the season on Tuesday evening to earn Blues a deserved home win against Blackburn Rovers.

The headed finish came on the back of a series of excellent offensive performances by the defender this campaign.

And for Colin who has chipped in with goals and assists throughout his career, he hopes to bag further goals.

"When I was at Brentford, I think it was in the second season, I scored four or five goals during the season," said Colin

"This year the manager has asked me to go higher a lot more and I try to give as many assists as possible as well.

"I've focused a lot on that this season for 10 or 11 games and I want to do it a lot more."

Colin has struck up a blossoming partnership on the right of the pitch with midfielder Dan Crowley and it is relationship which he is thoroughly enjoying.

"Dan is a really good football player and a good playmaker," he said.

"He really plays for the team and not for himself.

"He won't be the one dribbling past two or three players. He's moving a lot and passing, so I really like a player like that because he's not egotistic at all, he really plays for the team as I also play for the team.

"We find each other well on the pitch. I give him the ball and he gives it me back and we are not selfish at all and I think it's what you need in a football team."

Having largely dominated the first-half on Tuesday evening against Rovers, Blues had to dig in during periods after the break in order to maintain their lead.

"The performance from the team in the second-half was really hard working, but we managed to keep a clean sheet so we're really glad,"continued Colin

"When you're winning 1-0 of course you want to score the second goal, but the other team will commit a lot of bodies forward as Blackburn did with two strikers and two wingers.

"When a team takes a lot of risks like that and commits a lot of bodies forward then you can finish them, but we didn't do that tonight.

"So, it was really important to keep a clean sheet and you need to have that as well."

Of the six Championship games Blues have played at St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium this season they won four of them and drawn one, and Colin believes that home form continues to be one of his side's main strengths.

"Since I've been at Birmingham the home form has been quite good," he said.

"Under Garry Monk as well it was really one of our strengths.

"We want to push forward at home with our fans and show them we can play.

"We have some new players who really want the ball, so it's really positive.

"It's a good start but it's still a very long season and we need to keep working.

"We can't start to think we are Barcelona, and everything will be fine."

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