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“Makes my job a lot easier”: Blues debutant Jeacock thanks some defenders for their work on Saturday

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Now we get to hear it from the horse’s mouth.

Having received plenty of praise over the weekend for his performance, it’s time to hear of what Zach Jeacock made of his professional debut for Blues in rather fortuitous circumstances. With Andres Prieto and Neil Etheridge both deemed not ready to play for differing reasons, the 19-year-old was thrust into the limelight on the weekend and kept Brentford at bay as we fought our way to a 1-0 win.

And speaking to BluesTV after the game, the young stopper spoke about what the game was like and explained how he didn’t really have to do a lot of hard work during the game, with most of the credit going to the players in front of him.

“I thought the lads defended really well… we looked solid, they didn’t look like they were going to break us down easily, and when they did get through they didn’t take their chances either, so it was pretty much a perfect day for us. You know they’re [defenders Harlee Dean and George Friend] going to be solid over the 90 minutes, so it makes my job a lot easier.”

Jeacock will make ____ than 10 appearances in the first-team this season?





I don’t think you can ask for anything more given the circumstances. In the interview Jeacock says he doesn’t get nervous, and whilst I believe him, I think in that situation to have experienced players like that in front of you would have done him the world of good.

And whilst I don’t expect Jeacock to be in the team for too long, at least we know that if we have to call upon him again (injuries, suspensions, cup games etc.) then we aren’t necessarily throwing him under the bus to fail, as he’ll be in a really good place.

And at the end of the day, short of sending him out on loan, is there anything much more that we can do for him in his development? I don’t think so.

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