Jerome: Draws no good to Blues

BY foxsports • February 5, 2011

City again demonstrated their fighting qualities in twice coming from behind to earn a 2-2 home draw with Manchester City in mid-week. But it was the 12th time in 23 games this season that they have shared the spoils - a tally only equalled by Everton. But striker Jerome is aware victories are what will see Blues move away from danger ahead of Sunday's clash with fellow strugglers West Ham at Upton Park. The Hammers will be looking to avenge their Carling Cup semi-final setback against Alex McLeish's side 11 days ago and surrendering a two-goal lead in the league meeting at St Andrew's. Jerome said: "It was a great comeback again against Manchester City. "We showed great resilience again and, I keep emphasising it, the team spirit is magnificent and we never give in. "We also beat Chelsea here and we seem to do well against the big teams. We don't over admire them. "The lads are pleased to get points off these quality teams but we need to start picking up victories. "That is what is going to get us out of trouble. Three points is what we need at the moment. "Looking on to Sunday, we are optimistic we can get another good result against West Ham. "We seem to have the number on them this season so far so hopefully we can go down there and come away with three points." Jerome added: "Last week was a cup semi-final, and it is great to get to a final at Wembley, but the league is your bread and butter. "These are the games we need to win and we need to be beating the teams around us to try and pull clear of the drop zone. "Like I said, a point at home to Manchester City is not the worst result in the world but we need to start picking up points here and there rather than the draws every week. "As soon as we start turning draws into victories, I am sure we will pull clear and we will be okay." Jerome is optimistic he will have recovered from the ankle injury suffered against Roberto Mancini's team. He said: "It is the same ankle I had the problem with before but I think I've got away with it. "I tried to play on although the pain was there but I think I'll be alright." Birmingham will face Hammers striker Robbie Keane who was one of their main targets during the January transfer window. Blues first team coach Peter Grant - number two to Alan Pardew when West Ham manager - said: "I worked with Robbie at Celtic last season and it was a privilege to do that. "He would have been a top, top quality player for Birmingham City. But that's moved on now. "There is no doubt about his talent and we know we know we've got to be on our game when you've got players like Robbie Keane. "But we have got good players also that hopefully West Ham have got to be worried about."


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