Date: 30th December 2019 at 8:30pm
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Whilst the Leeds United game was just about as eventful as any Christmas period one you could wish to see, the final result saw another Birmingham City slip further down the Championship league table.

Scoring four goals at home would normally secure most teams three points, but as we are BCFC, we always expect twists and turns at every minute. Defensively we are a mess and even without Roberts and Clarke-Salter we should certainly be a bit of a force at the back, especially at home and with experienced players.

Nobody can really blame Clotet and co with this defeat as our forward play was good and at times quite powerful. What is notable is the poor positioning of our back four and decision making. Dean and Harding are not a good pair and it shows. Harding, in my opinion, is better placed at right back with Colin ahead of him in a right midfield position. Harding has played there and been a mini success at times when Colin was injured two seasons ago. Dean is useful but neither commanding or reassuring. Having the injured pair of Roberts and Clarke-Salter back is important and cannot come quickly enough.

Sliding down the league table is painful and my dreaded fifteenth spot a few weeks ago now seems a place to dream of.

Next up Wigan and who knows what will happen as all sides in this league have something about them. Do we concentrate on scoring or keeping it tight throughout and keep a clean sheet? Should the Leeds match be anything to go on, then scoring at will might not be the answer.

Dean and co have the experience to do better and I am sure they can improve but not as things stand with the current set up. My hope is that we get a few points on the board before the inevitable change happens. Somewhere along the line, our players have got to improve their own performances, only Bellingham is the exception and that is sad.

Wigan should be an ideal platform to get that win we desperately need and kick start the season. As boring as it sounds our players individually owe it to themselves to up their performances and if tightening up at the back is the way forward then so be it. Each point is precious from now on whoever the opposition is.

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4 Replies to “Blues slipping and sliding in the wrong direction”

  • Defense is not as tight as it was under Rowett or Monk mainly because they were both defenders and both knew the old saying if you do not concede you do not loose. I am all for attacking free flowing football but I was very uneasy yesterday because every time we equalized we lacked the ability to keep it tight at the back and that was and has been a concern all season but we only have the players we have so lets hope Clarke Salter and Roberts come back soon. I was also concerned the way Leeds played through our defensive midfielders ie Sunjic and Gardner with ease and exposed our back line and the way Pedersen gets caught of position

  • Commanding goalkeeper is the key for me. When did you last see a blues keeper come and claim a high ball corner or a deep cross from the opposition? We are crying out for a solid number one. Clotet is under pressure with this Wigan game and if my job depended on it then I would be thinking very hard about bringing Camp back. He is the better of a poor two. Also get a solid grip of the midfield in Davis,Gardner and Sunjic. Pair Bellingham with Juke and Montero wide.

  • What an awful mess! Football is a team game and we are not a team. Players are individuals and need to be blended – that is the job of the coaching staff as it is to correct faults. Pep is Head Coach and must carry the can for our inconsistent and error prone performances. As for the keepers – we might as well give Stockdale a couple of games – Giminez and Villaba are never going to make it – maybe we could send them to Villa to join up with Jota!!

  • If I were TTA I would try and salvage something from this slide. Notably with Bellingham the current prized asset.Until he reaches 17 and turns June ,I understand Blues cannot command a decent fee. What this single issue and it is major, needs is an investment into a classy new Head Coach that can stop the rot and more importantly for Bellingham ,keep his confidence and mind in a good place. Eighteenth in the league is no place for this diamond.

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