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The Carsley Factor

Lee Carsley took charge of his first game as Birmingham City caretaker manager on Saturday as the team drew 1-1 away at Derby County.

Despite the 43-year-old dismissing himself with the permanent role, he`s certainly doing all of the right things that should put him in contention for the full-time job.

He's coming across extremely well when facing the press and the performance of the team at Pride Park was quite refreshing.

The important thing for me was to get the team playing as a unit. Of course, with so many new bodies coming into the building, it's not going to click immediately and that's why Harry Redknapp was very unfortunate to be sacked.

But, there had to be some sort of system in place that had the players playing together as a team rather than individuals doing their own thing - Carsley seemed to address that.

There also seemed to be more of an identity to the side. We saw on numerous occasions the team playing out from the back and also pressing high when Derby tried the same.

Carsley himself has admitted that it could`ve been done better but I liked the reaction from the players and what the temporary boss was trying to do.

The return of Craig Gardner to the starting line up was an interesting one. It hasn't quite gone the way we expected with him since he returned to the club in January, but his display on Saturday was arguably his best.

The inspired substitution of Lukas Jutkiewicz scoring with his first touch will also give him the confidence to kick on - he didn`t have much of a chance under Harry.

And that would be the criticism of Redknapp. He pretty much wrote off the players that were already at the club.

However, the likes of Gardner, Jutkiewicz, Tomasz Kuszczak and Jacques Maghoma all showed that they have crucial roles to play for us going forward.

Let's just hope that we can kick on now against Sheffield Wednesday at St. Andrew`s on Wednesday night.

We've done the main thing and stopped the rot of six straight defeats - now lets step it up a gear in front of the home fans and bring back all three points.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Luke Turner
Date:Monday September 25 2017
Time: 6:11PM


Carsley in charge has resulted in one point.That's ok but only ok.We desperately need three points before the international break as tomorrow nights results will certainly see us playing catch up before we play on Wednesday.To be in this position so early in the season is frankly inexcusable and my concern is that the likes of the old guard like Gardner,Jukey,Kusczak,Cotterill etc.will now be our main salvation.Adams and Jota must not be used as an excuse not to win games.Carsley needs to get forwards shooting,midfielders shooting and stick to a proper back four with Roberts coming in for anyone who under performs.For me,this season is now one of survival after a summer of barmy hope which I fell for. At present we are well short of competiting in this tough league and only Bolton appear to be a little worse.As said,Carsley needs to build on this one point but let's not get to the international break on the 5points after 11 played.
25/09/2017 19:59:00
Two shots on target is not enough but we are moving in the right direction , time to make holes in nets ....
David Village
25/09/2017 20:34:00
Agree David. What does concern me is who is really capable of putting the ball in the net. Jukey does but it is very laboured most of the time and not really fluid. Perhaps Vassell is the answer with eventually Adams alongside. We have cried out for a striker for over two years now with neither Zola or Redknapp taking it seriously.I still find it hard to believe that with all our new found wealth and our supposedly super scouting system we are scratching around for the odd goal.Bitter I certainly am with the shambolic decisions our club has made since Rowett and it will certainly take time for us to forget what we don't really want to remember.
25/09/2017 20:56:00
It's time the club started looking for a pre contractual striker now , every owner for years has let the club down by trying to get one on the cheap ...if you want a rolls Royce you don't go to a lada dealer ...come on ...
David Village
26/09/2017 09:09:00
I will probably not be agreed with regarding Blues under Rowett, Zola and HR but imo playing on the back foot Rowett style will not get us promoted. So if you want a Blues team which I must say became unwatchable, which finishes mid-table each season, Rowett is the man. He is not exactly pulling up trees at Derby either! Zola was just unlucky, for some reason it was just not going to work out. The amount of sitters we missed at nil. nil, times hit the woodwork in those first 4 months or so was unbelievable. The Leeds game at St Andrews summed up Zola's tenure at Blues,controlled possession, created many chances but couldn't score from attempts we usually would. And HR would have succeeded given a realistic amount of time. Blues need to learn how to win playing possession football because the game as moved on since we got promotion under Bruce and McLeish, back foot football is not going to cut it anymore, so I for one don't miss Rowett, because he would not of provided long-term success. HR knew this and given enough time would have delivered. People can bang on about the inherited squads morale but are they promotion material? I agree with HR's assessment 3 or 4 of them are good enough.
27/09/2017 16:42:00
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