Date: 24th November 2019 at 8:00pm
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After two defeats, a point at Huddersfield was certainly welcomed by Birmingham City fans.

However, a single point out of the last nine has seen us slip down to my dreaded 15th spot in the Championship. This position is what none of us needs at a time, when only a few weeks ago, we had hopes of a surge in or around seventh and beyond.

With two testing games coming up this week, this is the acid test as success will renew hopes whereas a further slide down the league will take on a totally different approach to the season.

Pep Clotet and supporters want to be in a position come the transfer window, to persuade the Board to splash out on a quality striker that could make all the difference on an assault on the play-off positions.

Any slide down the table will, in my opinion, quash those hopes. Clotet is doing the best with what he has and if pacy players in Montero and Bela can deliver then great. The problem remains obviously that our forwards, whoever they are, are woefully short when it comes to their finishing.

After Saturday’s draw with Huddersfield, it was interesting to hear some of their supporters say that their team is very ordinary and expectations remain low. Perhaps we as Bluenoses are expecting more from our team as opposed to the ‘ordinary’ label that the Terriers fans feel. Are we better than the likes of Huddersfield is open to question?

What is fairly clear is that whilst the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Millwall this week are not easy, we simply must get a grip and prevent the slide. No good predicting any outcomes in this league but we do need a forward taking on a defender and scoring, this being the absolute root problem. Forwards score for nearly all Championship clubs but seemingly not for Blues.

It’s easy to blame the Adams departure but, for heaven’s sake, the players available to Clotet in the forward areas are capable of getting on the scoresheet. Two games now decide the way forward and hopefully this dodgy 15th slot in the league is purely temporary. Players need to step up and take the plaudits for scoring and winning as opposed to getting the occasional draw by defending heroically.

Bailey got the headlines with the Middlesbrough win in October – time now for another forward hero. Our Board, I am sure, are just waiting to spend in January but not if our slide indicates there is not a genuine chance of climbing the table.

 
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8 Replies to “A handy point but the slide down the table puts Birmingham’s January investment at risk”

  • Yes I must agree that the next two games are now so important because if we do not get anything from them ( and I am worried) we will be cut adrift from the play off places. Although a draw was a good point on Saturday i feel what with the problems that Huddersfield had team selection wise that they should were there for the taking but we failed to capitalize yet again, cant see Monks lot being very giving on Wednesday.

  • We will be lucky to finish the season where we are now. Our Summer recruitment was poor and Pep’s obsession with second grade Spanish players the biggest failure. Do we want him to be in charge in the next transfer window – he is still only “acting”? Next two games should determine his fate.

  • In my opinion Pep is not doing the best with the players he has. His continual failure to play 2 reckonised forwards is ridiculous. Once again Juke was up front by himself Crowley was suppose to be in no 10 poisition which he certainly isn’t. Jude should be 30 yards further up the field and 2 wide players. The tempo needs to increase by 10×

  • Whatever happens at Sheffield Wednesday let’s not forget just what Garry Monk did for us. Two seasons evading League One with everything imaginable going against him. Legend may be too stronger word,but I for one would have a statue erected for him. Just imagine where we would be in a lower division. As for our current state we are simply treading water until a decent Coach/Manager walks in. Have we the players for success under proper guidance? Maybe.

  • So much negativity, a few games ago it was all about how exciting we were. One cock up by Camp meant we lost at home in a game we didn’t deserve to lose and suddenly the moaners are out again.

  • Swaying away for a moment.Think it interesting to read what Almajir has written this morning on News Now regarding BSH and HK. All bluenoses will find it illuminating without being alarming.

  • I am not worrying about the playoffs. We are high to low mid table team not quite ready for the playoffs. I will be happy if we finish 10th/8th . Its better than fighting relegation. It’s an improvement! on previous Seasons. It’s not this season but next where we should push on and think about maybe playoffs. Even if we was to make the playoffs winning them would be a big ask and even if we could do that staying in the premiership would be an enormous task. KRO

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