Next Game

Birm'ham v N Forest

Saturday, 29 November 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Last Game

Rotherham 0 - 1 Birm'ham

Saturday, 22 November 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Garcia happy with first win

Oscar Garcia is pleased to be up and running as Brighton manager after Andrew Crofts' goal helped the Seagulls to a 1-0 win at Birmingham.

Last Updated: 19/08/13 at 12:41 Post Comment

Oscar Garcia: Admits relief at notching win

Oscar Garcia: Admits relief at notching win

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Garcia had failed to win any of his three games in charge, but Crofts' first goal since March 2010 did the trick.

The midfielder ghosted into the box to get on the end of a Kemy Agustien pass and bury memories of defeats to Leeds, Newport County and Derby.

Brighton did have to ride their luck after that, though, and Garcia was not in the mood to get too carried away.

"I am a pleased with the win but I am a person who does not look just at the result. I want to watch the overall performance," said the former Barcelona midfielder.

"We knew that our performances in the other games have been good but we have not been accurate in front of goal.

"At this level the most important thing is the points. We want to build a successful team but it will take time."

Garcia replaced the popular Gus Poyet at Brighton and talk of feeling the heat had already started in the wake of his poor start.

The former Maccabi Tel Aviv manager has a sense of perspective, though.

"After war in Tel Aviv this pressure is nothing!" he said.

"I want to dedicate the win to all the fans of Brighton, especially those who travelled to the game."

The 40-year-old also reserved a word for Republic of Ireland international Stephen Ward, who shone having signed from Wolves.

"Ward is an experienced player and comfortable on the ball," Garcia added.

"He is one of the players I am pleased to have in my squad."

It was a second home defeat of the season already for Birmingham, and manager Lee Clark was far from happy.

"It is frustrating and I cannot keep saying we deserved better from the game," he said.

"If we keep giving away disappointing goals like we did against Brighton it has to be frustrating.

"The players have already seen the goal on the footage because I was so angry and disappointed because it was so poor.

"We needed to talk about it as soon as possible.

"They had five players in the move who were never pressed and the deep midfield runner had a free run to score. You cannot do that at this level because you get punished.

"I am gutted for the fans because the support they have given the squad is unbelievable and all I want is to give them some positive results."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

sn'tthis strange. Last season we were worried that we were stuck with a Dinosaur in Moyes while Liverpool and Everton were disappearing into the distance with their young, spritely managerts, playing football from heaven. Progressive managers, they said. Managers who understand the modern game.........

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: The pressure's on

B

eing consistently and unrelentingly dog turd really takes it out of you. Try shadow boxing. That's what it's like watching Liverpool, punching thin air.

sinbadsdad
Neville: Reds need a rest

G

ood list, some crackers in there. For me, I'd have had Steve McManaman for Liverpool away at Celtic in the UEFA cup in 1997. I was in the ground that night and everyone kept screaming at him to make a pass, but he just kept going and going and going...brilliant, and in the dying minutes too.

uncle-muller
F365's Top Ten Counter-Attacking Goals

Footer 365

Scottish football: Aleksandar Tonev's appeal against seven-game ban to be heard on December 4

Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev will find out on December 4 if his appeal against a seven-match ban has been successful.

Cesc Fabregas buries hatchet with Sergio Ramos over Spain row

Cesc Fabregas says he has spoken to Spain team-mate Sergio Ramos after the Real Madrid star questioned his commitment to the national team.

Champions League: Lionel Messi breaks goalscoring record as PSG win

Lionel Messi became the Champions League's all-time record scorer as Barcelona thrashed APOEL Nicosia, while PSG won.

Mail Box

Mails: Quit Massaging Mourinho's Ego

That's the message from the afternoon mailbox after it was claimed that the Chelsea boss has transformed Cesc Fabregas into a complete player. Plus, more on Arsenal...

F365: Saving You From Bad Relationships

A cracking Mailbox, with thoughts on Chelsea, Willian, Jurgen Klopp, Brendan Rodgers and Aguero. Plus how Football365 saved one man from an unhappy relationship...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property