Date: 21st October 2017 at 11:52am
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Overview

After last Friday’s success over Cardiff City at St. Andrew`s, Steve Cotterill takes his Blues side to Millwall as the two take each other on in the 5:30pm kick-off live on Sky Sports.

Blues should be brimming with confidence after that win over the then league leaders, but Cotterill will know that they face a tough test at The Den.

Approach

With no fresh injury concerns, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Blues boss go again with the same team as last week.

We saw a top team performance against Cardiff with each and every player willing to do their job for the team. There was also the added threat of Isaac Vassell and Che Adams in the attacking positions, both of their performances will be key for Blues later on today.

If Cotterill does indeed go with the same team, then I feel he’s got the perfect blend for an away game.

There’s a balanced defence, bite and physicality in the middle and then pace and power up top that will cause any sides a number of problems.

I’m sure we’ll look to stay solid, but also have in mind that we could quite easily go there and get the three points.

We’ve certainly got the players to do it and, let`s remember, the likes of Jota will be raring to go if he comes off the bench.

Exploit

Neil Harris and Millwall have adapted to life back in the Championship pretty well, but are on a run of two straight defeats.

They’re the sort of side where you’re not quite sure how they’re going to turn up. They could be brilliant or they could be there for the taking.

What Blues have got to do is silence their crowd and look to take control of the game early on – create a few chances and grow in confidence.

There’s the right blend through each third of the team and I don’t see any reason why we can’t go out and claim a second successive win.

 

6 Replies to “The Three Pointer Vs. Millwall”

  • First half a total farce for blues , we played better against Cardiff by playing a more attacking game , it’s that one striker up front again , show more bottle S.C ..

  • Try as we may David,we simply are not good enough for this league.Adams and Maghoma are never going to be strikers and Vassell being our only hope of say 10 goals a season. Midfield is woeful and when Burton and Millwall put us to the sword then planning for a new season is urgently needed. Make no mistake this squad is 4th bottom at best with or without our most expensive signing.

  • Agree Maghoma is never gonna be a striker but Adams is never gonna be a striker? You obviously know more than Harry Redknapp who says he’ll be a top player and Fulham who were willing to spend £10m on him. What a difference a week makes with people predicting playoffs. No doubt if we beat villa the pendulum will once again swing fully to the other side with people singing Cotterills praises and that we have turned the corner

  • David.Adams may well turn out to be a good striker-but not as a blues player.He needs a good team around him.Like Redmond he will fare better elsewhere.How we are hopelessly without strikers is appalling.Vassell is decent but needed the past summer to recruit properly.

  • Our problem is the midfield and its lack of creativity. While Davis and Kieftenbeld are good battlers they are just protection for a poor defence and offer very little going forward. Maghoma tries hard but lacks quality as his poor set pieces demonstrate. Gardner is no better. Gleeson can pass but is weak on the ball and easily tackled. Ndoye may be good in the air but another poor passer. I am told Lowe was great as holding midfielder at Norwich though the rest of the team wasn’t. Walsh looked quite bright in first half against Reading (or was it Preston) but disappeared second half like the rest of the team.
    Jota coming back should improve the quality of our set pieces. If Lowe is fit I’d play him in place of either Kieftenbeld or Davis. I’d play Boga, Adams and Jota with Vassell up top. The 4 up top will cause most teams problems. I’d also drop Morrison and play Roberts on right side alongside Dean.

  • Valid points Ijaz.It really boils down to an easily penetrated defence that makes it harder for our midfield to establish any kind of forward thinking attack. Roberts,Dean,Morrison are whichever way you rotate them are not good for whatever reason.yes we win a lot of balls in the air but oh dear when the balls on the ground nuf sed. Attacking players we have in Jota,Adams,Vassell,Boga and Gallagher.My view now would be to play them all and hope our defence and two defensive midfielders(whoever they may be) give us a chance of getting at least one point per game between now and January 1st.We cannot go into the second half of the season cut adrift.

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