Date: 14th January 2020 at 8:00pm
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Keep the momentum going.

That was the message that Blues boss Pep Clotet wanted to stress as his side picked up their first win in the league since the start of December. The Blues had lost four out of their last five games in the Championship, and had conceded 16 goals in the process, so to come out of the game with a victory was a bit of an unfamiliar feeling.

And speaking after the game, the Spaniard said that the key thing to come from that game wasn’t just the three points, but the fact that they were able to give themselves a little bit of breathing space when it came to the teams around the bottom of the league:

“The win at Luton was important especially because it has been a tough month for us, December. So coming from that to win at Luton, we have accomplished a couple of goals: the first to put some clear air between us and the teams at the bottom; the second to get us back with that winning feeling in the league. That’s two in a row, in both competitions, which is very important. Now we have our eyes again on getting a fully fit squad and competing again against Cardiff City at home on Saturday.”

Clotet raises an interesting point at the end there regarding the squad.

It’s interesting to note that the player who scored the winner in the game against Luton Town, Gary Gardener, has been out with an injury for some time now, and injuries are something that have been holding the Blues back all season. Factor in as well the number of injuries and suspension that has plagued our back-line, and you start to see a bit of a pattern emerging, we haven’t really been able to pick the best squad available, because not everyone has been available all season.

Once he manages to get all the players back that he wants, the Blues should be able to kick on a little bit more. There is great hope among the fans that someone like Maikel Kieftenbeld can be a key to spark the rest of the season, so why not the other players in the squad?

Have injuries been the things that have been holding us back this season?

Yes

Yes

No

No

This is why I believe it’s been harsh to judge Clotet on the job that he’s doing, because he doesn’t have the whole squad that he would like at his disposal. If those players that we are waiting to return are indeed the missing pieces of the puzzle, then we’ll truly be able to see what Clotet is capable of.

 
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4 Replies to “Clotet hints at the one thing that has been holding the Blues back so far this season – Report”

  • Pretty much stating what’s been obvious to most fans and not promoting the negatives has to be a step in the right direction and shows you do know more than you make out
    Wouldn’t be right to agree with everything and I don’t think Kief will play too many games and will need time to get fit and strong again. You also have to get over the fear factor with bad injuries.

  • So stating the obvious is it?well no the fact is clotet is a being told who to play THERE is interference from the board . Fact . clotet says in respect to recruitment,and i quote i pick the players i want then it goes to the panel to who look at the feasibly the cost and the position and then we agree on a player from a selection in that position. So he doesnt actually pick his players. So he might want a player from 4 and 1 being first choice and ends up with 3 .hes record at mighty oxford was, he started well took them to edge of play offs then they slipped down the league till they sacked him sound familiar? Hes not a manager Fact

  • I think the board need to get what we clearly need a striker which can score goals we won’t get gayle so why the board try beats me the two lads from Peterborough please. And cut the bull colet if the plays were that good they would fit in no problem there professionals in wish I was on what there were getting for doing sod all and 100% of us would agree. A striker required that can score goals please before the window closes that knows were the goal is or we will be a league on club. Even give the under 23s a chase. Bellingham is the only bright spark a brumy born and bred.

  • Far Far too many Team changes this season has really affected us in my opinion, never a settled side as was the case last year under Monk , dont think we know what our best side is

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