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Football: Duo are central to success - Mat; BLUES NEWS.

Byline: By Colin Tattum

MAT Sadler has heralded the influence of Radhi Jaidi and Martin Taylor in the heart of Blues' defence.

Blues have gone four successive Championship games without conceding a goal and the centre-halves have been a prime reason for that.

"Radhi and Tiny, both of them have done well," said the left-back.

"The form Radhi is in at the minute, he's unstoppable.

"He's banging through the back of centre-forwards, he's winning virtually everything in the air and when he doesn't, he's back into his position straight away.

"Clearances and tackles too, he's been fantastic, the same as Tiny.

"That's all you need in this division, you don't need a centre-back who is going to dilly-dally and try and play.

"What you need is to be able to play from back to front, have good people up top who are going to get you goals and have people at the back who are going to be stern and strong and grind out victories for you. That's what's proving successful for us."

Manager Steve Bruce revealed that he felt the team had come together for the first time after the Coventry City win.

"In the dressing room afterwards I sensed that they had a togetherness which, to be fair, had probably been missing. They've grown as a team, they've got to know each other, they've become mates, and that really helps."

Sadler agreed: "Everybody has noticed it, we've all spoken about it in training.

"It comes with winning, don't get me wrong, but it's the manner in which we are winning.

"Maybe at the start of the season we were winning a few games but there was no actual gelling, we were kind of just chugging along from last season.

"But it has totally changed. If anyone comes up to watch us train they will see that it is enjoyable, but with a solid work ethic.

"There has always been a work ethic at training but maybe not so much an enjoyment of people knowing each other and bonding.

"That, more than anything, is the overriding factor as to why we are doing well."

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UNSTOPPABLE... Radhi Jaidi is in commanding form.' MARTIN TAYLOR.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Nov 6, 2006
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