Harlee Dean opens up about Birmingham Metropolis fan banner and video messages

Harlee Dean has described how he tried to restore the self-confidence of his beleaguered teammates before Birmingham City claimed the precious victory over Sheffield on Wednesday.

The blues captain played his part in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Hillsborough, a result that was her first win in seven games and lifted her out of the relegation zone of the championship.

It signaled the end of a three-game defeat and while there is still much to be done as runaway leaders Norwich head to St. Andrew’s on Tuesday night, it at least challenged the history of Aitor Karanka’s squad.

Dean announced that he contacted the players’ wives and parents to ask for a message of support on Thursday night, 24 hours after they were hit by Millwall.

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He edited them together and the full video was shown to the Blues team at their Sheffield hotel a few hours before kick-off.

“I just wanted to pick everyone up, give them some confidence, and let them know that they are supported, loved and trusted, and nothing for me but family hits,” said Dean.

“It was very well received, it’s private, but I think people appreciated it and from some gigs out there I think it got stuck in people’s minds and we got the win – that’s the most important thing .

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“There were some fun parts, some hearty parts, more just to lift people’s spirits, just to give them some confidence and tell them people will be with you no matter what.”

Dean was also grateful for the banner that Blues fans had placed outside the Wast Hills training grounds.

It referred to club legends like Trevor Francis and spelled out exactly what Birmingham City means to its supporters.

The 29-year-old appreciated the message and support, and admitted that recent criticism was stinging.

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“We have to gain trust, we’ve tried that since the Millwall game, especially because we knew that game was so important. It was a nice touch off the training ground, we all made it our goal to read it and record it.

“I can’t speak for other people, I’m older now and I would say it doesn’t concern me – but it definitely still does.

“Not as much as it used to be, before I would have responded to things I saw recently and it’s never nice to see.

“I don’t mind when people question your skills or whatever, but when people question your desires and passions, it sticks with me and I don’t like it.

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“You can’t answer these days, you just have to wear it on your chin and not agree to it.

“Here too, people have a right to their opinion. I feel like I’d like to take it off everyone so that it doesn’t benefit everyone else and they don’t experience it, lower their heads and just focus on the football.

“I would never question the wish, so it frustrates me when I hear this personally and together.

“We care about it because it affects our lives, our families and the club.

“We don’t want to be relegated, nobody wants that, we work day in and day out to ensure that it doesn’t happen.”

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