Date: 5th February 2018 at 4:55pm
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It`s been a difficult season again for us Birmingham City fans. I started with some hope only to see us joining the strugglers near the foot of the Championship table in the battle to avoid relegation to the third-tier of English football. It is my own fault for starting with hope I suppose.

Taking charge of the Blues in October, following the departure of Harry Redknapp, Cotterill inherited a side that was in disarray and looked to be in a difficult spot. However, recently, things have slowly started to improve. I`m being cautious here, never a good thing to take things for granted as a Blues fan is it?

With sixteen games left to go in the season, Birmingham currently sit four points above the relegation zone and there`s certainly still plenty to do in the final months of the campaign. However, the past month has seen a big upturn in form and the side have lost just one of their last seven matches.

It shows the improvements that Cotterill has made since taking charge at St. Andrews and we`ve identified three things that have been changed.

Sharing leadership responsibilities

With regular captain Michael Morrison on the bench for the victory against Leeds United at the latter stages of last year, Cotterill handed the armband to Harlee Dean for the narrow 1-0 victory and rewarded the former Brentford man for his encouraging performances.

It followed a spell where David Davis wore the armband and it showed that Cotterill is looking to share leadership responsibilities in a crucial period for Birmingham, establishing a number of regular starters in the side as leaders in order to carry the side to greater form.

It`s certainly proved to be useful and the fact that no single player shoulders the responsibility should ease the pressure, whilst also encouraging those within the squad to improve their performances- as they could then be handed a big honour.

Bringing Jota to form

26-year-old attacking midfielder Jota was signed from Brentford last summer, having made four appearances for the Bees prior to his move to St. Andrews, but he had struggled to make a mark in his new surroundings.

Playing in a variety of positions, Jota has failed to find consistency so far but had been given a spell out of the side by Cotterill in recent weeks, where he has featured off the bench, and that seems to have provided a resurgence.

In the weekend`s valuable win over Sheffield Wednesday, Jota found the net twice and was the stand-out performer in the 3-1 victory away from home. The hope is that Jota can now find that form on a consistent basis, firing Birmingham to safety.

Getting the best of Gallagher

It`s no secret that Birmingham have struggled to find consistency in front of goal this season, scoring a total of just 22 goals in 30 Championship matches – with six of those having come in the last two matches.

Birmingham have therefore been in need of a reliable player in front of goal and Sam Gallagher has established himself as that man, scoring six goals this season across all competitions – all of which have come since the 16th December.

Five of those have been in the Championship, with the other coming in the FA Cup win over Burton Albion, and Gallagher has now scored four goals in his last six matches. Playing regularly through the middle has proven to be the making of the 22-year-old on-loan from Southampton and he`ll be crucial in the months ahead.

Now for one further improvement. Beating Villa this weekend!

 
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2 Replies to “Three Things Cotterill Has Changed At Blues”

  • He’s also brought a bit of poaching and each player is standing taller , To me he is a lot better manager than any of us thought , he obviously put SAM on the wing to get him to show more power in the box and hey they are all looking tough no nonsense players , these players are the best we have had for a long while , GET IT IN THERE BLUES …

  • We are still walking a tightrope with regard to squad depth.Injuries could scupper the upturn in form.SC has earned respect and long may it continue.My take on the ?non backing? of Cotterill by the Board in the window is that they are resigned to accept whatever now happens.It matters not what Cotterill does from the next sixteen league games-our owners,IMO,have made their decision and that no more money will be invested.What Cotterill is doing right now is trying to keep his career intact for future prospects,which is good for us as well.He has changed a lot over the last three weeks and for me,it is because he hasn?t been given much backing and he has therefore bonded more with those players who are also fighting for their continued careers.

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