Carr: Blues can't be so sloppy

15 November 2010 10:11
Stephen Carr insists Birmingham have enough quality to avoid being part of a relegation battle - if they cut out conceding sloppy goals.[LNB] Blues' defensive qualities formed the foundation of them finishing ninth in the Premier League last season.[LNB]But during the current campaign they have pressed the self-destruct button with a series of unforced errors.[LNB]But there were encouraging signs in Saturday's goalless draw at Manchester City even though Birmingham dropped into the bottom three.[LNB]Carr said: "We have enough in that dressing room to be safe. But if we keep conceding silly goals, we won't be safe.[LNB]"There have been penalties, own goals. If you look back, they have been poor. A lot of the goals have been gifts.[LNB]"If we just cut that out, we are quite solid in general as a team. We know the target we have to get to be safe. It's going to be tough again.[LNB]"It was good to get a clean sheet and a draw away from home against one of the big sides. It was a good confidence boost to the lads."[LNB]Carr believes the relegation picture will not become clearer until the New Year.[LNB]He said: "It won't be until after Christmas, even until a bit later, that you are going to see the teams that are really going to be in the mix.[LNB]"It's going to be tough and there no are teams you could definitely say look as if they are going to go down.[LNB]"I think it is going to go right to the end and there will be a few good teams in there."[LNB]Carr added: "A few teams can say they are one win away from mid-table but it's about getting those wins. They are hard to come by in the Premier League now.[LNB]"Games are so tight but the good thing is it has been shown that everybody can beat everybody. It's a strange league this year."

Source: Team_Talk