Date: 16th April 2018 at 5:00pm
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So, in the end, Garry Monk did twist against Wolves, rather than stick with the tried and trusted 4-4-2. If we had taken either of our two clear-cut chances at Molineux, the system change could have proven to be a masterstroke. As it was, it meant a second successive defeat.

I mentioned in a piece on Friday that we were in a catch-22 situation. Going two up top could have left us exposed to a morale-damaging heavy defeat, while a more defensive approach gave us little hope of getting anything from the encounter.

So, the manager went with the latter in the bid to contain the opposition. With the league leaders restricted to just six shots on target, the strategy worked for the most part, but at the crucial moments, we were found wanting.

It could have been all so different if Maxime Colin had slotted home after going through on goal early in the first half. But he is a right back for a reason, and that missed opportunity could have given us something concrete to hold on to.

That profligacy was also evident late on when Lukas Jutkiewicz squandered a chance that was compounded when our opponents went up the other end to score soon afterwards. Our no.10 could have passed to Michael Morrison, but his decision to shoot instead may have cost us a vital point.

The defeat means our survival is no longer in our hands unless we improve our goal difference in the last three matches. The Barnsley draw against Bolton means the Tykes are now within two points with a game in hand. While the point gained by Wanderers moves them ahead of us with a -30 goal difference to our -31.

With games against Sheffield United, QPR and Fulham left to go, we have to go for it in my opinion. Although the more defensive approach against Wolves may have been called for, Monk needs to return to what has served him best since taking charge.

Heading into those three crucial encounters, the need for goals is absolutely paramount. Playing without fear is the best way to avoid the drop, and playing positively and with an attacking intent is surely the best way to go.

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4 Replies to “Now Monk must return to what has served him best so far at Birmingham”

  • Not to sound harsh we had no other cf so how could he play 442 ? Were playing the best team in the league the system actually worked for large spells I thought

  • Think we need to keep things in perspective the 4 defeats we’ve had under monk 3 were away for a start and the top 2 aswel and we have competed in all

  • We need to beat the Blades at ours , then see how things turn out for the last two . We have the worst last 3 games jeez we never do anything easy lol KRO

  • Wolves score line still keeps us on a par with Bolton. Goal difference will,IMO,be the key on final day. This is the reason I believe the Bolton-Wolves encounter is crucial one for us.My nagging fear is that Wolves may be too relaxed and a home win could on the cards. For us,Sheffield is what we need to win,obvious in anybody’s thinking,and it should be on. Adams owes us big time so although he doesn’t need the extra pressure-I for one am looking at him to get the vital three points.

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