At least we’re starting to see some progress, even if it’s just in terms of mentality.
Don’t worry, I’m sure that the results will come through eventually. Birmingham City played out a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday last night, for their second draw in as many games following the same result against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Speaking after the game to BCFC.com, Blues boss Pep Clotet was asked about why his team couldn’t turn a one-goal lead into a two-goal lead, but according to the Spaniard, it wasn’t for a lack of trying:
“They were very vulnerable after we scored the goal, they opened up and rushed too much to try and get back into the game. Our team felt very comfortable in those spells, because we are a team that can play as well, if we are leading we can get on the break or if that break does not come or we can keep the ball and slowly build an attack to try and get the second goal. The game for us was to try and get the second goal and kill it, unfortunately for us that didn’t happen”
I’ve spoken before about how I feel Clotet has a bit of a weird way of dealing with away games, and how he seems to think of them as a ‘bonus’, focusing most of his efforts on trying to build a ‘fortress’ at St Andrew’s. However, it’s now good to see that at least he is trying to place more of an emphasis on games away from home, and trying to push for more points on the road.
This increase in aggression will serve the club incredibly well going forward. If they start playing on the front foot a lot more, then it gives them a much better chance of being able to get results. If you aim for three points and fall short, you get one. If you play for one point and fall short, you get nothing.
Do the Blues need to start being more aggressive away from home?
Let’s not forget that the Blues would be higher up the table right now if it weren’t for a lot of silly mistakes along the way, so they are capable of great things if they can just keep their heads in the right place.