Date: 3rd November 2017 at 4:16pm
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Birmingham City head to Oakwell on Saturday afternoon looking to put right some wrongs following a shambolic display at home against Brentford on Wednesday night.

Steve Cotterill saw his side fall to a 2-0 defeat earlier this week and at his pre-Barnsley press conference on Thursday he hinted that he will make changes to the side that were comfortably beaten.

Another wrong that Blues will want to put right is the horrid away form that they currently have.

Blues have only picked up one point on the road so far this season and with such fantastic away support, it will be down to the side to pick up a much needed result.

Down below is the side that I think Cotterill will name along with the substitutes bench….

GK: Kuszczak

RB: Nsue
CB: Roberts
CB: Morrison
LB: Grounds

CM: Ndoye
CM: Gardner
CM: Kieftenbeld

RW: Jota
ST: Jutkiewicz
LW: Adams

Substitutes: Trueman, Dean, Bramall, Davis, Boga, Cotterill, Gallagher.

Blues fans, what do you make of the team that has been selected? Let us know in the comment section down below!

 

17 Replies to “Opinion: Predicted line up Vs. Barnsley”

  • Like myself I imagine many bluenoses are waking up this morning amidst what joy or despair we are set to receive by 4.55pm.Trepidation comes to mind but then again comes hope. Funny old game as Jimmy used to say.Three points would change the whole picture-zero points would be the expected norm. Luck plays a great part in the Championship so for me it’s all about not walking under ladders today,looking out for lucky black cats,not stepping on cracks on pavements and keeping all fingers crossed.Barmy being a blues supporter in truth.

  • I didn’t think Cotterill was the man for the job and now know he is out of his depth. I know he’s only been in charge for 5 games but he doesn’t inspire confidence. His team selections and tactics are abysmal. I would give him an ultimatum and if results don’t improve in next 3 games get someone else in so they can assess the squad ahead of January. If at all possible get someone proven in like big Sam or Pardew. Maybe Nigel Pearson who will take no nonsense from the players.

  • Ijaz we had someone proven and taking no nonsense in HR and he was accused of hurting the players confidence and morale by many Blues fans.

  • Ijaz.Our players were more gutsy when they were on £5K maximum per week.There are too many on triple wages to that of the likes of Davis,Keifenbeld,Grounds,Cotterill,Morrison etc.Stockdale on £30K,Jota on £40K,Gallagher on £40K just proves the awful situation the team has o endure amongst themselves. Sadly the bottom line is that this group haven’t the stomach for a relegation fight.Changing Cotterill for another would help.Keep him for league one next season or replace him with Kenny Jacket-but not until the end of season.

  • No I agree with you. I was just making a comment more about the sensibilities of a section of Blues fans. Personally I think HR was doing the right thing and would have turned it around given more time. He identified a losing mentality at the club and I think your right in suggesting someone is needed proven in higher divisions than League One. And I also agree someone who will clear out the dead wood, shake the whole club up and help them think bigger and better than they currently do. In order to do that it will need a big character who will ignore all the slander and small mindedness thrown at him by the gossip mongers and get the club on the right track to winning ways.

  • Bluesince1980.yes you make good points.However we haven’t got football people at the top.Thats the problem.We as fans would rather have a good Championship team than the kamakazi approach that we are currently witnessing.Any top manager would only last a few months believe me.Premiership is what the owners want even if they don’t realise the trap Floor to league One is half way open.

  • Ohio. I recognize the problem we have with the owners as I have previously showed my dismay at the way they treated HR, and replaced him with SC. That would have never happened under Sullivan & Co, and highlighted their panic stricken naivety and lack of football intelligence for all to see. The only solutions available in moving forward is either selling the club or bringing in tried and tested football people to make decisions on their behalf, freeing them up to concentrate on the business side of things. Their overall intentions to turn Blues into a decent premier league team with global appeal in the far east is a good one. It would deliver a better standard of football for us and make money for them. So win win. Although, I agree the journey to that end will only prove problematic without clear sensible football decisions being made from the top.

  • Again good points made BS1980.My other observations when talking to football people is the forthcoming transfer window.Supposing we are say 3rd bottom and 5points adrift of 4/5th bottom by January 1st. Will SC be backed with money for a survival bid or will he be expected to have a go for a top half finish. Big,big difference-as the players targeted will be different in both cases.SC would probably go for survival and plumb for the battlers similar to Keifenbeld and Davis.If our owners decide on pursuing top half then expect tidy,neat players.My preference would be to build around Stockdale,Morrison,Dean and Adams. Jota maybe. Rest of the eleven can be new recruits for me.

  • Ohio. I would also keep the players you have mentioned and add to them definitely. We are desperate for creativity in central midfield, and someone like Marlon King or Kevin Phillips who can hit the back of the net with their eyes closed. Regarding the instructions from the owners to the manager; well that is anyone’s guess with this lot ?? As you cited they are not football people. In reality I’m not sure we will have the privilege of much choice in the transfer market anyway, as I can’t see decent players being attracted to playing under SC, he just doesn’t have the clout of someone proven.

  • My understanding is that a close eye is being kept on the Pulis situation at WBA. No nonsense manager with plenty of nous would be right up our street.

  • TP is proven at EPL level and has never been relegated. WBAs best chance of survival is to keep Pulis. Would he be attracted to us? No. As for 3rd bottom by Jan I think you’re being optimistic. Even Sunderland and Bolton are looking better.

  • December is a crucial and difficult month for us with six games to play in just 26 days. The only positive is four of them are at St Andrews. SC will either sink or swim?

  • Somewhere in a darkened room is Our Governing Body eyeing two sets of forecasts.First up is the survival forecast of remaining games and points required.- 30 games left starting v.Forest. P.30 Won10 Drew 8 Lost 12. Total 50 points. Could and should guarantee survival. Second up is the possibility of play-offs desperately wanted by our owners.P.30 Won 17 Drew 12 Lost 1. Total 75 points.Good chance of sixth spot. Latter is crazy and barmy for most bluenoses but in the realms of non footballing hierarchy with visions of grandeur,then this is not so far fetched as you think.Until they accept the former model for survival then our managers will go through the revolving door at alarming rate.

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