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The Three Pointer Vs. Sheffield Wednesday

The Three Pointer Vs. Sheffield Wednesday

Overview

Lee Carsley takes charge of his first home fixture as Birmingham City caretaker manager tomorrow night as Sheffield Wednesday visit St. Andrew`s.

There are plenty of positives to build on from Saturday`s 1-1 draw at Derby County - the most notable being that we stopped the rot of six straight defeats.

Now, under the lights at St. Andrew`s, we've got a great opportunity to go out and get three points in front of the home faithful.

Sheffield Wednesday are on the back of a 4-2 derby day defeat to fierce rivals Sheffield United, so they'll be keen to bounce straight back from that and there's plenty of quality in their side to do so.

Carlos Carvalhal will have his side right up for the test of coming up against Carsley`s Blues, but there is pressure on him and his side to deliver.

Approach

I don't expect Carsley to change much at all from Saturday`s game, but Lukas Jutkiewicz will certainly be knocking on the door after scoring with his first touch against The Rams.

Sam Gallagher has struggled to find any real rhythm since coming to the club and perhaps it's time for him to sit this one out.

I personally would start Jutkiewicz where we`ll hopefully see the ball stick a bit more up front.

The 4-3-3 system that was deployed at Pride Park is most likely to remain, but what we do with the ball will have a lot more significance.

Being the home side, I am sure that Carsley will want us to play on the front foot that bit more and perhaps take a few more risks going forward.

There are players in our side that can hurt opponents and while we look to play with more freedom going forward, we've got to remain a tight unit and continue to develop that relationship with one another.

Exploit

It goes without saying, Sheffield Wednesday`s defence will be feeling extremely fragile after being exposed four times by their bitter rivals.

At times on Sunday they looked shocking at the back, so Blues have got to get right under their noses from the first whistle.

They've got the quality going forward with the likes of Gary Hooper, Steven Fletcher and Jordan Rhodes so the back four have to stay compact.

If we can get the likes of Jeremie Boga and Isaac Vassell running at pace towards the Wednesday backline, then I've got no doubt that we`ll cause them problems and create chances.

What we've got to do is take one of those chances. And, if we take the lead, we've got to hold onto it for longer than we did on Saturday.

But, I'd say I'm fairly confident going into tomorrow's game. Let's just hope that my gut is right and the team follow it up with three points.



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Writer:Luke Turner
Date:Tuesday September 26 2017
Time: 2:06PM

Comments

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Players have been spouting off about how much they want Carsley to be the next manager.Tonight they have the perfect chance to show it.
Ohio
27/09/2017 06:18:00
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They certainly did it for Carsley tonight.Every man stood up.
Ohio
27/09/2017 22:13:00
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They certainly did it for Carsley tonight.Every man stood up.
Ohio
27/09/2017 22:13:00
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Solid performance without frills.Sensible formation and every player knowing their position.Carsley has simply applied sound logic to what the players can do.We have endured two clown like managers well rid-now we appear to be on a steady path and if Karanka comes then fine.Carsley is here for him and that matters more than any colourful clowns.
Kramer
28/09/2017 07:03:00
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A solid performance without thrills is ok short-term but isn't going to win promotion. At some point a manager has got to turn them into a team who can play proper football, which will take more than a few weeks and probably incur insults such as 'clown like'. However if persevered with will deliver long-term success as an established prem club. It will of course take a wise head and longer term planning.
Bluesince1980
28/09/2017 09:19:00
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Blues since 1980,yes it would be nice to plan long term for possible Prem.football.However our current squad of players I fear are almost finding this league a bridge too far.If we manage survival by next May then I will be relieved.This array of players painfully try and buy the odd goal which does not auger well.Zola and Redknapp have spent very badly resulting in a hapless squad trying its best to get wins for te club-sadly class in almost all areas is not there.
Ohio
28/09/2017 12:57:00
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Ohio, I don't quite share your pessimism regarding squads ability to cut at champ level just yet. I can agree Zola's signings haven't proved to be great although I still maintain he was unlucky more than bad. I say unlucky because of the amount of sitters we missed which they would have scored under Rowett, and all the times we hit the woodwork and the ball rebounded safely in favour of the opposition. If 50% of them would have gone in he would probably still be in charge and telling a different story? Redknapp's signings we will have to wait and see, still early days imo but made more difficult with him gone. I really believe he would have got it right given enough time. Also it was clear that many of the ones coming in were his 3rd, 4th choice after not getting the original deals done so you could well be right about lacking class. Regarding goals I'm hoping Adams and Vassell can strike up a good partnership if not we could be in trouble for sure.
Bluesince1980
28/09/2017 13:27:00
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