MATCHDAY CENTRE: "We can turn this around," says Stubbs

MANAGER Alan Stubbs insists his players have enough about them to find a way out of their predicament at the bottom of the Championship.

The defeat at Norwich leaves the Milllers five points short of safety going into tomorrow's trip to Birmingham City, with only one win from 12 so far.

Despite the increasing pressure to put a victory on the board, Stubbs takes heart from the way the players have applied themselves in the last three matches.

STUBBS IN THE CARROW ROAD TECHNICAL AREA

"We've played one, two and three in the division and given them a game and you have to take belief from that," he said. "We could have taken a point off Huddersfield and the same with Newcastle.

"We were always chasing the game against Norwich, the players just need to show a little bit more belief and composure.

"As I said to them at half time, it's the easiest thing in the world to accept losing, the hardest thing is to try and do something about it. I can see the players are and that's what gives me hope.

"They're hurting, they come in from games disappointed and it will turn for them, I have no doubt about that."

Stubbs hailed striker Dexter Blackstock for netting his first goal for the club since his arrival in September but again had to question his side's defending.

"We contributed to our downfall, we could have defended all the goals better," he said.

"Dexter brings us something and the goal will boost his confidence, not that he needs it.

 

"There were parts of the game when we competed well, I couldn't fault the effort and we're staying in games better. There was nervousness coming into Norwich's game and we just needed to hang in there a little longer."