Two successive away draws against tough opposition for Birmingham City is very welcome and certainly deserved.
Pep Clotet’s decisions over those games in terms of team selection worked out well, with the return of goalkeeper Trueman and the decision to play Gimenez up front against Sheffield Wednesday, allowing Juke to take a well deserved breather.
In the centre of defence Clarke-Salter again proved a decent deputy for the banned Harlee Dean. However, I do expect the captain to return tomorrow against Millwall. This particular game with the added spice of Gary Rowett’s ‘homecoming’ is one where Blues could seriously get back on track with three points.
In a league where only West Brom stand out with some delightful attacking football, the opportunity for others is certainly there. Blues at the moment are ok and changing in both style and outlook, this being a little strange for many supporters, including myself. Phrases like ‘work in progress’ is not to my liking, but I can see the point and can follow what Clotet and co are trying to do. Our possession football is getting better and players moving off the ball is pleasing with big lumpy kicks upfront not merely so evident.
Does Clotet change for Millwall then, yes, with the expected return of Juke to lead the line and Dean back in the centre of defence. Three points would finish off the week well and get us back on track.
Looking away from ourselves for a moment, my local team Kidderminster Harriers are going through a fairly torrid time at present mainly off the pitch. Harriers are a wonderful club with true supporters and a history of producing extremely talented players. Joe Lolley and Lee Hughes for starters. Harriers have always had a ‘connection’ with Blues with nearly every season featuring pre-season friendlies. Long may this continue. Any support this club can be given would be welcome.
In the meantime, we get ready for another Saturday with expectations at St.Andrews building up with Rowett’s arrival. No need to be anything other than confident in our own ability and three points are there if we want them – take note Bela, Bellingham and dark horse Crowley.