Date: 23rd September 2019 at 7:00pm
Written by: Mark Day

The undefeated streak at home is gone, but it’s not all bad.

Whilst we didn’t manage to pick up all three points on Saturday, there were still a lot of positives to take from the game. That was the message that Blues boss Pep Clotet wanted to stress afterwards.

Speaking to after the defeat to Preston, he said:

“I focus a lot on the positives that we’re doing because now we’re defending well, we’re solid, we’re developing young players for the Club and winning points. As long as the team is gelling more and, slowly, we’re getting more offensive. We did a lot of good things today and we’ll try and correct what we haven’t done, and we’ll go again next week against Derby.”

And it’s stuff like that which makes me believe that things will be OK and why I’m not going to panic just yet. We have got off to a good start this season, we went into the weekend eighth in the league. Given that Blues fans don’t have very high expectations this season, I think it’s fair to say that things have gone well thus far, with the blips that were Nottingham Forest and Swansea City aside.

I have said before that this year is all about stability, and until I see a drastic shift in form to suggest otherwise, I’m going to stick firmly with the belief that Clotet is doing a good job and providing that stability. So long as we get that, I’m going to be a happy man.

One other point he talks about is also pretty crucial. He talks about the youth, and although he doesn’t name him specifically, you know he’s talking about Jude Bellingham amongst that group. That’s another part of the season that is going to be important. I’ve spoken before about how Pep needs to be careful with how he manages Bellingham’s career, and if that means playing him every game or making him an impact substitution, whatever he thinks is best is fine by me. We’ve got a good asset there, let’s not ruin it.

What about you? Do you think that the Preston result shows progress? Or do you think that there is still work to be done?

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