Birmingham City’s relegation fears will increase after defeat against Cardiff. They have now lost eight matches in a row but the boss Garry Monk believes they can avoid the drop.

Garry Monk’s side fell victim of a 3-2 loss to Cardiff City. First-half goals from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Craig Bryson and Callum Paterson put Cardiff firmly in control.

Birmingham did battle hard after the break and Craig Gardner’s penalty and Maxime Colin’s finish gave them hope.

Cardiff remain second and Birmingham are still 22nd, two points adrift of safety.

Garry Monk told the club website that Birmingham have the quality to avoid relegation this season.

He said “Of course. Obviously analysing from the outside and having a look at them I thought they’re more than capable of doing it and now working with them, it’s only been six days, but certain situations that I saw in the second-half proves what I thought coming in.”

“It’s not going to be easy, but the one thing we’re going to do for definite is work hard, be committed and make sure the capability we showed in the second-half is there every game. We’ll live and die by that promise everyone. The players will be ready and our focus is on the whole game and preparing that the best we can.”

After the game, Garry Monk give BBC Sport his opinion on his sides’ defeat.

“The first half was one of those times where we didn’t play too badly but we didn’t defend well enough in the three situations.”

“I was very interested to see how we reacted in the second half because the capabilities of the squad was a reason why I came here, and that was exactly what we should be doing.”

“We defended better and created chances. We had a great chance to make it 3-2 with 20 minutes to go which would have made it really interesting.”

“The lesson has to be learned that we can’t give periods away, we have to do what we did in the second half right from the start, and that begins today, not before kick-off against Hull next week. We have to change now.”

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