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Blues must be a better version of themselves

Blues must be a better version of themselves

At a time when Wolves and Aston Villa are flying high in the Championship, Birmingham City are lingering precariously above the danger zone.

In the Black Country, the fans are drooling over the expansive style of football delivered by their foreign legion who have led them to the Championship summit. Meanwhile, the punters in B6 are refreshed by a resurgence that has seen their side suffer only one defeat in ten games.

Things couldn't be more different in B9, however.

Steve Cotterill, Blues' fifth manager in less than a year, came came crashing back down to earth after a apathetic performance at Millwall which ended with defeat on Saturday evening.

The Blues fans have been as patient as saints. They'd be forgiven for becoming twitchy when look up the league table to see their two fierce rivals sitting pretty at the business end of the division.

Yet Blues shouldn't strive to be a carbon copy of Wolves or Villa. They're a completely different animal. What Blues have to be is a better version of themselves.

If Cotterill can oversee a steadying of the ship and slowly move Blues up the table, that'll be a solid starting point.

Inconsistency is a big obstacle for Cotterill to overcome. In their last four fixtures, Blues have won two at home and lost two away. Clean sheets against Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff City were undone by the eight goals shipped at Hull and Millwall.

Jekyll and Hyde stuff.

For every win, we read about our promotion chances. With every defeat, we resign ourselves to relegation. Realistically, Birmingham City should be somewhere in between.

The last couple of years has seen a high turnover of players and managers. Even the owners have changed. Stability is what the club needs now more than anything else.

Cotterill has a difficult job. He's working with players signed by Gary Rowett, Gianfranco Zola and Harry Redknapp - three contrasting groups of players.

It's utter madness.

But there a firm benefit within the club that Blues have a squad capable of climbing the league table. That won't happen by fluently passing team off the park or dominating games week in week out. Sticking to what we do best is where Cotterill must get us back to.


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Writer:Rob Wildey
Date:Thursday October 26 2017
Time: 9:08PM

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Point per game between now and January must be Cotterill aim.Must not get cut off from the likes of Burton,Barnsley and Brentford etc. This league is currently too good for us with our current squad and just hope money can be found to replace the majority of hapless defenders and midfielders we have inherited.Woeful buys so far with possibly Vassell the exception. Jota unknown as yet but please let's hope he is not another Fabrinni mark2 as one pundit described him this week.
Ohio
26/10/2017 21:28:00
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Ohio, on paper we have a good squad. Maixime Colin is one of the better full backs in the division, Jota is proven but just needs to find some march sharpness. The desdwood we have is Morrison, Davis etc they are the ones who have to step their game up.
Rob Wildey1
27/10/2017 12:47:00
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Before the season started we knew we needed creativity in midfield as we struggled to score goals. Also we needed to improve the defence as we had the second leakiest defence in the league behind Rotherham. Harry bought the best keeper in the league in Stockdale. GK wasn't priority as Kuszczak is a good keeper but having two top keepers is good. We tried to improve the defence with the Bristol pair of Flint and Bryan who would've been a massive improvement on Grounds and Shotton/Morrison. We were unwilling to pay the money and got Roberts who IMO is no better than Shotton though may be better if played on right side. HR was thinking 352 and bought Dean with that thought in mind but couldn't get the midfield pivotal to playing that system. Colin is a great signing. Jota will be a great signing once he gets over his injury. Vassell will get better. Ndoye has been a bit hit and miss. Harry got some good players in but the crucial requirement of a creative midfielder was not fulfilled. The defence is better than last year as I used to worry everytime the opposition got a corner. Maybe playing Jota or Boga as number 10 may be an option. The team is not far off being a very good side.
Ijaz H
27/10/2017 16:11:00
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Ijaz H I totally agree. Even though HR mostly didn't get his first choice options in he still brought in better than we had generally, albeit one or two maybe. When you bring in as many players pre-season as we did not all of them are going to work out for varying reasons, however if you get 80% improvement you have done well. Creativity in the central midfield is necessary for any real possibility of getting out of the championship. I watched wolves against villa on tv and wolves midfield ran the show with creativity and flair, something we just don't have at present. Also I don't think we will ever play a 352 system with the current manager.
Bluesince1980
28/10/2017 16:51:00
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