Date: 8th April 2017 at 9:50am
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Gianfranco Zola has hinted that Blues will try to defend their way to victory against Derby County today.

In his press conference, the Italian claimed that, if Blues can score the opening goal, the result will be dictated by how resolute they are defensively.

While Zola isn’t known for his negative tactics, he’s beginning to grasp the strengths of the playing squad he inherited. In recent games, creative players, such as Kerim Frie and Che Adams, have been left stewing on the bench. And although Zola is set to make a few changes from the side defeated at Brighton in midweek, they won’t be wholesale and will be designed for their organisation rather than attacking prowess.

Adams, who started and scored Blues’ goal at the Amex, could be in line for a start once again either in behind or alongside Lukas Jutkiewicz. It’s likely that Clayton Donaldson will have to settle for a place on the bench with the aforementioned Frei.

Indeed, if Adams does start, that would see Craig Gardner drop back in to a more orthodox central position rather than  his recently adopted number ten role.

Zola will also have to decide whether to bring Paul Robinson back in and push Jonathan Grounds back out to left wing back. If that happens, Chieck Keita will be among the substitutes.

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9 Replies to “Organisation is the key for Zola”

  • We deffinately we need to organise cover for the corner posts Rob especially on free kicks…Kro

  • Problem is David,that to you and the rest of us that is common sense. We do concede at set pieces but does Zola see it the way we all do? no. He will continue to maintain progress is being made and the players are learning his way even if Todays game is a humiliation.

  • Just about to leave for the match. Grounds at LWB is definitely a better choice than Keita. I hope ur right about Adams at no 10 with Juke up top. That would be a good setup. A win today would be a great way to send Gary Rowett back to Derby. Cmon lads get behind your team despite what you think of Zola and TTA.

  • I thought Zola actually picked the right team today. Some of the players were really bad though. Gardners set pieces were woeful . He couldn’t beat the first man with his free kicks or corners. His passing and decision making was just awful. Kuszczak was at fault for both their goals though he did make some good saves to keep the score down. Gary Rowett tried to win the mind games with the blues fans but thankfully the fans stuck by the team. GR was always a lucky manager and he is continuing with this trend. He has already won more games than Zola in 4 games . Overall we played well but we don’t have the cutting edge in front of goal. The ref ruled out a perfectly good goal for Juke in first half and a clear penalty for handball. We were always going to be Rowetted on the counter and so it proved – a poor free kick by Gardner picked up by their keeper route one to Ince who lobbed it over the advancing Kuszczak. He may have done better if he’d stayed back. We are heading into last chance saloon. I think it’s between us and Blackburn for 3rd bottom. We can’t expect Blackburn to keep losing and need to beat Rotherham or Burton as I can’t see us winning any of the other games.

  • Ijaz. Rotherham will not be the 3pointer game we crave for. Their performances have been decent without winning. They play neat,forward football which will test our defence. On paper we should win but we have this awful millstone around our necks in Zola. He alone will mess up next Saturday believe me. Genuinely I would prefer you or David Village,Waycool to be in charge and I am not joking.

  • I’d love to be in charge for the last 5 games. At ¬£15k a week I could retire with 75k in the bank. Lol . Agree there are no easy games. The two easiest games on paper in Rotherham and Burton will be very tough. If we can’t get 4 points in the next 5 games we will deservedly go down.

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