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If you think about it with a cool head, we did enough to get something out of the game. If you look at the data, we had 16 shots, they had 10; we had four shots on target, they had three.

Pep Clotet

Pep Clotet's thoughts on today's single-goal defeat to Scott Parker's Cottagers.

Pep Clotet on whether his team deserved something from the match...

"If you think about it with a cool head, we did enough to get something out of the game. If you look at the data, we had 16 shots, they had 10; we had four shots on target, they had three. With these three shots, two are valid because I think the goal is a very, very blatant foul on Marc Roberts. That's the margins. They had a very clear chance, the one-on-one with Campy that Campy sorted out very well, but we had very clear chances as well that we should have scored. We didn't have as many shots as we had last week against Cardiff but obviously we are playing very difficult opposition. I do think that we had everything in there to make sure we secured points, if not three then one."

Pep Clotet on the goal that decided the contest...

"It's a very clear foul, (Aleksandar) Mitrovic never wants to head that cross, he thinks the keeper is going to catch it and he just crashes against Marc Roberts who had the position he wanted. Marc Roberts is sent three yards outside and the ball drops to Mitrovic who is in that position thanks to a foul on Marc Roberts. It's clear."

Pep Clotet on Jake Clarke-Salter's first appearance in front of the home fans...

"I really think he had a very, very good performance because he was playing against probably the best striker in the league. In the first-half, him and Robbo probably allowed a little bit of space for him, but they corrected that very well in the second-half. I think Jake has one very good thing for a centre-half, and that's pace, as does Robbo. And when centre-backs that have pace you can play more, you can risk more and you can have a higher line which allows you to have a higher press. If you have centre-halves that are slow, you cannot have higher pressing because they need to step up very much into the opposition half, leaving a lot of space in behind and that leaves them a little bit vulnerable. That's why I was very comfortable with Jake and Robbo today."  

Pep Clotet on the debut of new boy Jeremie Bela...

"I really liked the way he came on, the fact that he was focused on trying to turn to game. He created problems, I think he was sharp. He will improve a lot when he gets more fitness and understanding from everyone else, from his own team-mates. I am very satisfied with the way he came on. I was thinking we wanted to have the subs on a bit earlier, we wanted to make sure the impact was there. I think him and (Jefferson) Montero, when we wanted to take the game wide, made the right impact."

Pep Clotet on back-to-back defeats...

"You have to take things in perspective. We played against two teams who were in the Premier League last season, two teams who two seasons ago had no problems going up, they were dominant in the Championship. They still have that experience and the quality of everyone they brought in for the Premier League and they have been playing together for a lot of years, each one of them in their own style. I think it just shows that we are a team in progression, we are not finished. We need to take our chances. We have improved a lot in defence with the fact we don't allow Fulham to have the shots on target they are used to - and we had many more shots on target than they are used to. That just shows it's a very young team, we are consolidating a lot of work and this kind of result comes when you are in this situation. It's very difficult in football to go from the position we were in last season to the position of the teams who are in the higher part of the table. It's about working and improving and during this process you are going to deserve to win some games and you don't take them."

Pep Clotet on how long it takes to integrate a new style of play...

"We have a completely new team, and most of them are young, so it's a very bright future for Birmingham. We need to understand that in this process games like today and last week, they are the price you have to pay. You're never going to be fighting for a top two position with completely new players, a complete new team. We are a young team, changing completely the style, you're never going to do that in a year. Despite that, I'm very happy and positive for all the steps the team have made, but obviously we're disappointed when we don't win a game."
 
Pep Clotet on the international break...

"Some of the players will have a few days to rest now and everyone gets in on Wednesday for physical tests. We've got to keep working especially on how we can not only finish the game with 16 or 20 shots, but how we can get even clearer chances to make sure that we maximise our scoring opportunities, because I want us to improve a lot in this area."

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