Date: 17th April 2017 at 6:52pm
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Blues 0 Burton 2

Gianfranco Zola resigned as Birmingham City manager immediately after today’s defeat against Burton Albion.

It was another abject and passionless performance from a team who have clearly lost faith in the manager.

Twenty thousand inside St. Andrews chanted ‘we want Zola out’ as they witnessed their team being played off the park by a club who were in League Two not all that long ago.

As usual, Blues started well. But the usual problems set in and they trailed by a solitary goal at the interval – thanks to a Tomasz Kuszczak error.

The second half was as bad as the first. Blues had 20 shots on goal today but only two were from inside the area. Half chances. Kerim Frei at least looked lively when he came on at the break. Che Adams and Lukas Jutkiewicz squandered decent openings but in truth, they were feeding off scraps.

Zola is a likeable man and has eventually done the right thing. He was the wrong manager at the wrong time.

But the decision should have been taken out of his hands weeks ago. Whoever takes over for the remainder of the season has to lift the dejected players and try and find a result from somewhere.

Playing like that did today, Blues are going down. The hope is that a new face on the sideline can galvanise the squad going into Sunday’s second city derby.

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