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Troy Deeney delivers clear instruction to Birmingham City supporters
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Birmingham City forward Troy Deeney has urged supporters to show up at St Andrews in greater numbers in their next few home games and help the Blues turn their home ground into a fortress.
Lee Bowyer’s side have managed to win just one of their opening six games in the Championship at St Andrews this season. That was before they doubled that tally with a much-needed 2-1 success against Swansea City at the weekend.
That result also saw the Blues end their seven-game run without a victory in the Championship and also their six-game goal drought in the final third.
Deeney played a big part in that after being restored to the starting line-up by Bowyer and also having been handed the captain’s armband to try and spark better performance levels from him. That came with him firing home just his second league goal of the campaign since his summer arrival.
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Speaking to Birmingham Live, Deeney has now called on Birmingham supporters to show up at St Andrews in greater numbers in their next home clash against Bristol City. He believes that will help them make their home ground more of a fortress.
He said: “If we continue to do that …. we had, what was it? 16,000 here [against Swansea]? If we get that up to 19,000-20,000 we’ll get more bums on seats because people want to be entertained. Hopefully that [Swansea] was entertaining for everybody.
“I don’t think we sold out but you can understand that because of the results and the way we have been playing has been poor recently.
“But hopefully that gives them that, we need your for Bristol City we need to make this a fortress, we need to make this a real tough place
“But the onus is on us to deliver performances to bring fans back in, so it works both ways.”
Deeney is right with his comments here, Birmingham’s squad can not be too surprised that they have not filled out St Andrews a little more in recent games considering that they were struggling for both goals and wins.
The Blues needed to demonstrate that they can perform better than they had been doing of late. That win against Swansea showed that there is potential in the squad to be delivering better results.
The fact that Deeney was able to perform far better for Birmingham than he has been able to do so far this season against Swansea helped at the same time the Blues won is no coincidence.
That is what Bowyer needs from him now week in week out because there is no doubt he can drive the team forwards with his quality.
Birmingham do have the potential to be a very difficult side to overcome if they can get St Andrews packed out and get a passionate fan base behind the team. Deeney will be well aware of the importance of that in sides that are successful in this league.