Date: 5th December 2017 at 12:07pm
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“Without goal line technology, we might have got away with that tonight”. My initial reaction to Steve Cotterill`s post-match comment was ‘wow`. But then a more worrying thought entered my mind. These were actual words from an actual football manager.

On the whole, I`ve backed Cotterill and defended him from the circling vultures but comments like this make it a lot more difficult to do so with my dignity intact.

I can accept the score line against Wolves. They are a much better team than Blues the pre-match fear was that an annihilation could be on the horizon. So, relatively speaking, 1-0 doesn`t show Blues in such a bad light.

But Cotterill claiming Blues ‘might have got away with it` but for the goal line technology – something bodies across the game campaigned vigorously for – shows the depth of the straws he`s currently clutching on to.

Cotterill went on to say “our second-half performance deserved something”. How can a team possibly deserve something from a game in which they`ve produced zero shots on target?

Undoubtedly, Cotterill has a difficult job. Uniting a squad of players sporadically put together by four different managers, all with contrasting styles, can`t be easy. Yet, I genuinely wonder if he is watching the same game.

Wolves didn`t get out of first gear, it was so easy for them once they had broken the deadlock after Jonathan Grounds had committed defensive suicide. From that point, the visitors weren`t great but neither did they have to be.

Blues rallied slightly in the second half with encouragement from the frustrated crowd. A few tackles went flying in, they huffed and puffed but, essentially, there was absolutely no suggestion of an end product anywhere on the pitch.

THREE TALKING POINTS

1. Unless you adopt out and out wide players who pepper the box with crosses, Lukas Jutkiewicz may as well be stroking a dog in the park. Che Adams would surely have been a better option in between Jota and Jeremie Boga.

2. Blues` struggles in front of goal haven`t been helped by the lack of a creative spark coming from midfield. Cheick Ndoye epitomises this better than most. His distribution, on the rare occasion he controls the ball, is absolutely woeful.

3. Steve Cotterill: should he stay or go? I find it hard to suggest sacking him after ten games in charge and, as we know better than most, a new manager doesn`t always offer a new dawn. Having a bit of ambition from an attacking-sense would be nice. Blues must improve, quickly. January is key and, if Cotterill is the one overseeing new signings, he must address the imbalance in the current crop.

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