Date: 25th August 2017 at 3:57pm
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Overview

Reading are the visitors to St. Andrew`s tomorrow afternoon as Blues look to head into the international break with a win.

Following last Friday`s extremely disappointing defeat at Burton, Harry Redknapp will be looking for a much stronger performance from his players against the Royals.

The midweek cup tie with Bournemouth gave Redknapp the opportunity to try out the 5-3-2 formation that he’s looking to move forward with.

There were plenty of positives in that game, particularly in the first half where Blues performed very well with Isaac Vassell leading the line.

However, we have been hit hard with injuries in the striker position with Che Adams, Vassell, Clayton Donaldson and potentially Lukas Jutkiewicz all out of tomorrow’s game.

That leaves new loan signing Sam Gallagher as Redknapp`s only striking option.

Approach

I fully expect Blues to stick with the 5-3-2 formation they tried out in midweek and that could mean league debuts for Cohen Bramall, Gallagher and possibly Carl Jenkinson.

With the players Redknapp has brought in, it’s clear that we`re going to be moving forward with this system.

It gives Blues the opportunity to be solid at the back, in midfield and then a lot more creative going forward with wing backs and two forwards.

With the lack of strikers available to Redknapp, Jacques Maghoma is likely to play just off Gallagher up front and I certainly think that’s a combination that could work well.

Despite a few shaky moments, the pace and raw ability of Bramall will give Blues an outlet on the left hand side that we perhaps lacked beforehand.

There’s going to be a lot more pace in this new look Blues side so hopefully that’s something we can look to hurt Reading with, particularly down the flanks.

Exploit

Jaap Stam`s side have had an identical start to Blues with one win, one draw and two defeats.

They still seem to be recovering from their play-off final defeat at the end of last season and I’m not 100% certain that they’ve decided on a system going forward.

Blues will definitely cause them problems and it’s obvious that we’ve got to make the most out of our wing backs and the outlet they provide for us.

Particularly if Reading start with a flat back four, the movement of Maghoma and Gallagher along with the runs of Bramall and Nsue/Jenkinson will be sure to give them a headache.

It’s just a case of whether Blues can get into a smooth rhythm in this system and come out all guns blazing.

I’m not convinced that we have a midfielder that can dictate the play at present – hopefully that will change if we can get a deal to sign Afriyie Acquah over the line.

But what we will have that we didn’t previously is options on the ball. Far too often we look static but this new approach should give the players more freedom and hopefully we can go out and take three points tomorrow.

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6 Replies to “The Three Pointer Vs. Reading”

  • Tough match as every one is in this league,last season’s play off finalists certainly won’t roll over,we have to be at our very best in order to maximise our chances.Typical Blues luck with 5 forwards just one available,crazy!
    Play all the young recruits Harry,raw young talent could be the keys to success,it’s rapidly becoming Redknapp’s team now,a narrow win for the boys would be a great result.
    KRO

  • We are so injury prone regarding Donaldson and Jukey that they should never have been considered for this season. They don’t score,they cannot be remotely robust to cope with this division and as Le Hane calls it ‘crazy’.Make no mistake,Gallagher and Maghoma will have a battle tomorrow and we need to score a goal even to draw. To have risked Vassell was in itself daft to say the least against Bournemouth.Do I sound overly critical of Harry then yes. Bad management that ultimately could end our fairly easier first six games into abysmal pickings.

  • Last season for a number of reasons,we as blues fans followed what Blackburn were doing.Without doubt Gallagher was the sole reason that the club were able to go into the final match a team Brentford not already relegated. He is an incredible presence with pace and power.What made him a threat was having a big man up with him-Graham was the one to partner him at Blackburn. In view of our injuries today I would urge Harry to start with Gallagher wide right and Dukey at CF.Gallagher wins many corners on the wing and this is the exploitation we must aim for.

  • Just seen the teamsheet. Amazed. To prefer Gleeson and Keifenbeld to Gardner and Davis is quite frightening. Hope I am wrong but this game has all the signs of a comfortable Reading win.Never thought after last season that these two midfielders would even be around.Poor choice by a rapidly becoming poor coach.

  • What a sorry state we find ourselves in. Conned into buying season tickets in the hope of HR having a right good go. Joke is we cannot get decent players in. Even I could see the teamsheet today was awful and Thisbe reaffirms my view that Harry is old hat,been out the game too long and can only get loan players over the line. Next two games will be crucial as I fully expect Steve Cotterill to be in place well before November. Gates of 27000 being banded about in May for the opening games? Only us the fans believed this and mugs we all are. Feel sorry for decent supporters like Le Hane who never gives up hope-but he has to realise we have no money regardless of what total rubbish comes out of HR.

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