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Steve Cotterill's Blues take a step in the right direction

Steve Cotterill's Blues take a step in the right direction

When Steve Cotterill walked out of the tunnel as Birmingham City manager for the first time last night, he would have had an apprehensive feeling in his gut.

After witnessing Blues' apathetic thrashing at Hull a fortnight ago, Cotterill knew he would have his work cut out from day one.

But it's amazing what a couple of weeks of intense training and a clear detailed game plan can do.

While it's early days in Cotterill's reign, both he and his Assistant Manager Lee Carsley will be more than happy with the green shoots of recovery that have reared their head.

Football is a simple game often made unnecessarily complicated by managers and coaches. And yet there was nothing complicated about Blues' system last night. Just organisation, pace, power and energy.

If this is a sign of things to come, you won't hear many complaints.

Players like Che Adams, Isaac Vassell, Jeremie Boga and Jota give Blues an attacking threat. The likes of Michael Morrison, Marc Roberts, Harlee Dean and Jonathan Grounds are decent, solid professionals and in Maxime Colin, Blues possess one of the best full backs in the division.

However, the most significant improvement against Cardiff was in the middle of the park. Cotterill's men had a toughness about them which coincided with Maikel Kieftenbeld's return to the team. The Dutchman may not be the most technically gifted footballer but he could be a real asset if utilised correctly.

Let's not get too ahead of ourselves here. It was a good start and a pleasing performance. There's a long way to go and Cotterill must give Blues their identity back and introduce some consistency.

It's a step in the right direction though.

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Writer:Rob Wildey
Date:Saturday October 14 2017
Time: 3:25PM

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Such an improvement following the recent thrashing,Cotterill has done wonders during the international break.No doubt we have a decent squad who should progress up the table.Good team selection,great to see the hard working Maikel Kieftenbeld back,hope he stays.Captain Morrisson,terrific game,Adams,great goal all of his own making and a clean sheet.Hugely valuable three points against the league leaders.Very happy with this performance. KRO
Le Hane
14/10/2017 16:04:00
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Such an improvement following the recent thrashing,Cotterill has done wonders during the international break.No doubt we have a decent squad who should progress up the table.Good team selection,great to see the hard working Maikel Kieftenbeld back,hope he stays.Captain Morrisson,terrific game,Adams,great goal all of his own making and a clean sheet.Hugely valuable three points against the league leaders.Very happy with this performance. KRO
Le Hane
14/10/2017 16:04:00
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Yes Le Hane it was a very good performance and I feel the players like Cotterill.Tough games ahead and important we keep in the mix,albeit in the bottom half of the table. Still feel this league is tough for us and anything to keep us up this year after twelve crazy months will please me.Vassell and Adams must keep fit along with Davis and Keifenbeld producing constant 8/10 performances.Roberts and Morrison and Colin the real key figures at the back.
Ohio
14/10/2017 19:42:00
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As regards the comments made about the past 12 months and the turmoil it has caused,-one can only conclude that Blues have given the perfect master class of how not to run a football club. Relegation dog fight continues with the awful decisions.We now hope Cotterill will do a similar job to what Rowett did when he walked into St.Andrews.
Kramer
15/10/2017 13:00:00
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I like Rowett I like Redknapp but Cotterill is a different animal. KRO Up the table.
WayCoolBlue
17/10/2017 09:38:00
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Milwall is a huge key game,if we can grab all three points with another decent performance confidence will hugely effect the players and obviously steer us in the right direction. I hope I am right,I can't see us at the bottom fighting relegation again this season,Harry has brought in several players who are so much better than last season. Vassell really looks the part and has the potential to rip defences apart as has Adams.We have such pace and now so many options that were absent in recent seasons. Given good selection Cotterill can guide us steadily upwards,I hope in a few weeks we won't be looking behind but looking ahead,let's just see how high we can cimb. KRO
Le Hane
18/10/2017 16:36:00
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