Blues to tighten up security

By Graham Hill

BIRMINGHAM City have promised heightened security for tonight’s clash with Millwall following the attack on Jack Grealish.

Club officials have acted quickly to make sure play safety is a priority.

Blues fan Paul Mitchell was jailed for 14 weeks on Monday after invading the pitch during Sunday’s derby clash with Aston Villa and punching skipper Grealish.

Millwall come to St Andrew’s just three days after the incident – and Birmingham say there will be ‘extra measures’ in place.

Blues issued a statement which said: “The Club is reviewing all of its stewarding, safety and security procedures as a matter of high importance

“We will be putting into place extra measures at our stadium designed to help ensure the safety of players, as well as supporters.

“Whist we cannot go into specific details, there will be stricter controls of certain parts of the ground.”

Blues boss Garry Monk insists his side must put the Villa game out of their minds as they aim to recover from two successive defeats.

Monk said: “We feel unfortunate to have lost on Sunday, we felt we did enough to warrant at least a point.

“The chances that we did have – that’s the difference sometimes, they need to go the other side of the post.

“That margin just didn’t fall our way on Sunday, we felt gutted about that.

“But we will pick ourselves up for this game here. We have to do that.”

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