Date: 31st October 2017 at 5:30pm
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Overview

Following Sunday’s Second City derby draw with Aston Villa, Birmingham City will be looking for a similar performance when Brentford visit St. Andrew’s.

Blues have been dealt a huge blow after Steve Cotterill revealed the extent of Isaac Vassell’s injury.

The striker has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and is set for a six-month spell on the sidelines.

It’s gutting for both the player and the club as he was really starting to shine, but hopefully he’ll come back stronger.

Approach

To a man, each and every Blues player were excellent against Villa so I don’t anticipate much change.

Someone will obviously have to come in for Vassell and Cotterill has options with Sam Gallager, Lukas Jutkiewicz and Che Adams all possibilities to play up front.

Brentford are a decent footballing side and do have the ability to pass Blues off the park.

What we’ve got to do is win our individual battles. Similar to Sunday, we knew Villa had the technical advantage on us, so we just dominated the middle by our sheer intensity and physicality.

It’s important that we win these home games and start to climb the table. There are slight signs that the team are starting to gel together, so gradually we may get there.

Exploit

Brentford had a poor start to the season but have since picked up and are now on a seven game unbeaten run in the league.

They picked up an impressive 3-2 victory at Preston on the weekend so will be full of confidence.

Blues have three ex-Bees players in their squad, with Jota and Maxime Colin both likely to start.

Their link up down the right-hand side could be the key to Blues unlocking Brentford’s rearguard.

If anyone is going to create for us, then it’s going to be Jota.

We’re finally getting to see him in action after his hamstring injury, and I’m sure he’ll be keen to make amends for his one-on-one miss against Villa.

 

7 Replies to “The Three Pointer Vs. Brentford”

  • Shots on indeed David-but have We any scorers in our locker? Tonight we have seen Barnsley score four,Reading three and Sunderland three.Even Bolton scored three. Surely to flipping god we can at least score a couple tomorrow.If we cannot muster a win then we might as well pack up.Gallagher,Adams,Jota,Boga and Maghoma have got to have a goal somewhere amongst them.

  • This group of players has to be the most woeful of recent decades.Recruits from Brentford,Barnsley,Blackburn etc in the summer has proved beyond poor with our club a laughing stock especially with our neighbours.Goals for column cannot be even looked at with any seriousness with not one player looking capable of adding a goal to his name.This season will drag on with the almost certainty of league one next season. Harry once said that hen Jota,Adams and all his Brentford lot were on the field we could all sit back and admire. How gullible we all were-shame on us.

  • Adams looked good under Harry as number 10. Cotterill wants to play a defensive midfielder there. We are playing two more defensive midfielders in the middle who provide no creativity and couldn’t pass water or even protect the back four. We insist on playing Roberts on wrong side and he struggled once again. It’s not working so the manager needs to change it but he just carries on with the same ***** week in week out. We have good players in squad but there is no cohesion. The Cardiff game showed what we are capable of. Yesterday there was no pressure applied to the the Brentford players and the passing was awful. Unless we can start scoring I really fear for us.

  • When you look at the past years buys-KEITA,FREI,NSUE,GARDNER,GALLAGHER,LOWE,ROBERTS,DEAN,VASSELL,JOTA,STOCKDALE,BOGA,WALSH,BRAMALL,JENKINSON etc. Is it no wonder we can’t score goals. Strikers are what we needed instead of hoping the old brigade of Cotterill and Maghoma can now muster a goal. Oh for a Benetiz or even Dean Smith.

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