Harry Redknapp determined to get transfer deals done as Birmingham City lose Che Adams to injury in Bristol City win Harry Redknapp determined to get transfer deals done as Birmingham City lose Che Adams to injury in Bristol City win
Harry Redknapp needs to bolster his squad By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT Saturday, August 12, 2017 Harry Redknapp is determined to bolster his Birmingham squad... Harry Redknapp determined to get transfer deals done as Birmingham City lose Che Adams to injury in Bristol City win

Harry Redknapp determined to get transfer deals done as Birmingham City lose Che Adams to injury in Bristol City win

Harry Redknapp needs to bolster his squad

By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Harry Redknapp is determined to bolster his Birmingham squad with new recruits after losing Che Adams to injury in the 2-1 win over Bristol City.

Birmingham boss Redknapp was impressed by the battling character of his team who fell behind inside the first minute at St Andrew’s but fought back to win the Sky Bet Championship match with goals from Craig Gardner and Jacques Maghoma.

Bobby Reid had stunned Birmingham with his early effort but Maghoma capped Blues’ impressive revival with his darting run and 20-yard low finish in the 70th minute, before they clung on after Maikel Kieftenbeld was sent off 10 minutes later.

Striker Adams limped off in the second half with a hamstring injury which is likely to keep him out of action for several weeks.

When assessing his future options, Redknapp said: “Where do we go from here?

“I now have only one striker with the injury to Adams who will be out of action for several weeks. It is a crazy situation at this stage of the season. We are going to finish up with youngsters in the side.

“What we need to do is to get some deals over the line. The owners and myself are ambitious. I want to see the team up at the top of the table.

“It was a great result against Bristol City achieved with courage, guts and effort. The crowd also kept us going after Bristol City’s opening goal.

“You do not want to be one down in a minute but we came back strongly. I thought they were the better team in the first half and we had to hang in and get to half-time.”

Redknapp was unhappy with the sending-off of substitute Kieftenbeld for a mistimed challenge.

“It was a diabolical decision,” said Redknapp. “I thought it was a yellow card. It was certainly not a red and it was terrible.”

The winner impressed veteran manager Redknapp, who said of Maghoma: “He has ability and worked really hard tracking back. His winner was a bit special.”

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson said: “It was one of those days. We could have won the game on another day 4-2 or 5-2.

“Our strikers looked dangerous and we had some chances even in the last few minutes when Reid hit the post.

“My disappointment was that I thought we had cracked it for five or 10 minutes but then we became a little sloppy. It should not have happened.

“Parts of our first half was scintillating. But I hate losing and I do not want to drain the confidence of the players because I thought there was so much to celebrate but they have got to learn fast.”

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