Project Blues is evolving nicely, Paul Trollope has stated.
Chris Hughton and his first team coach Trollope had a tough task to pick up the pieces after Premier League relegation.
A new-look squad was assembled for the double demand of Championship and the Europa League.
And so far, so good.
“In terms of the whole project, it’s relatively young and we are evolving and improving as we go,” said Trollope.
“It’s an on-going process of development. We want to progress individuals, units as well as the team.
“And I think as the weeks and months go on there’s a cohesion and a collective sort of knowledge of what the manager wants and how we want to play that is coming through.
“The signs are good but there’s always things you can improve on and from the weekend it was the bits in the final third to really put the game to bed.”
Blues managed that on Tuesday with a last-gasp voctory against Burnley and Trollope insisted that Blues have goals in them.
He said that an important factor was the ability to create chances and perform to a high standard when attacking.
Before Tuesday, Blues had scored twice in their previous four Championship outings.
And the inability to turn all their possession into goals in recent encounters has been the biggest source of frustration.
“You worry about not scoring the goals you deserve if the chances aren’t coming,” said Trollope.
“But in the end the play and the chances are there.
“You can do work on the training ground. We analyse things, where we couldn’t quite find the finishing touch, the movements and the quality of the decisions and the crosses to make sure we improve. And we feel it will come for us.”
Trollope added: “There were a lot of positives from the game last Saturday.
“Some of the football, the passing and movement we produced in the first-half especially was as good as we’ve seen all season.
“There was some fantastic play and we got in some good areas, we couldn’t convert that into goals the play deserved.
“Possibly that was a case at Reading a little bit as well.
“So yes, we’ve been frustrated by a couple of results but based on the performance levels in the games we deserved something out of them.
“The spirit still remains good, the confidence remains good. We are still positive.”