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The Three Pointer Vs. Nottingham Forest

The Three Pointer Vs. Nottingham Forest

Overview

The Championship is back after another international break and that means that Blues are returning to action. I'll let you decide if that's a good thing or not.

Nottingham Forest are the visitors to St. Andrew`s tomorrow afternoon and, for me, it's crucial that we get three points out of the game.

We saw the reaction of the fans towards the players at Barnsley and another defeat, particularly in front of the home faithful, will only dampen things even more.

Things aren't good at the moment, but in typical Blues fashion we need to Keep Right On and get behind the team. The first target has to be to get out of that relegation zone.

Approach

Three out of the five displays under Steve Cotterill haven't been good enough, there's no two ways about it.

Blues have got to enter this game with tempo and high intensity to their play. We've looked far too laboured and just generally disjointed as a team.

Of course, the argument is still there that these group of players need time to gel - but how long can we keep saying that?

Every week that passes by, we are getting further away from the teams above and more involved with those at the bottom. In fact, we`re in the thick of it in the relegation zone.

The players and staff have had two weeks to work on things, we`ll find out tomorrow if we have managed to turn a corner. Harlee Dean hinted that there are divides in the squad, but they've got to pull themselves together and focus on doing their best for Birmingham City.

In terms of changes to the team, there's one obvious one for me. That's to bring Jeremie Boga into the side and either drop Sam Gallagher or play him in his natural striker position.

I would also consider bringing Craig Gardner back into the team, but that all hangs on whether he's fit.

Exploit

Forest have had a pretty decent start to their season compared to recent standards and are just two points off the play-offs.

What's noticeable for me, though, is the fact that they've scored a fair amount of goals (25) but conceded a lot as well (26) - more than Blues!

So, if Blues do concede first, then their heads mustn't drop. There could be chances in this for us and we've got to start taking them.

To score just eight goals all season is quite frankly embarrassing. On paper, there are goals in this side.

We need the likes of Che Adams and Jota to really step up and show their worth. One of those two players could really be game changers for us.

Could tomorrow be the day our fortunes turn around? Let us know in the comment section down below!



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Writer:Luke Turner
Date:Friday November 17 2017
Time: 4:45PM

Comments

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Sorry to be pessimistic,but after tonight's games we could be in a very dark place.Imperative we don't get cut adrift by tomorrow evening.
Ohio
17/11/2017 17:03:00
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Simple brief for Cotterill is to win a third of the remaining games.Can it be done and can our manager achieve it. It is down to the players obviously and their desire to get us over the line by next May. Throwing more money at the team come January is imo not the way forward,as the current squad should have enough about them to finish 4th from bottom.Forest tomorrow is another game that offers an opportunity to get a victory,which really has taken on serious proportions.Key players for me will be the overdue emergence of Jota and Adams. Adams in particular has been disappointing even after the survival goal at Bristol last May.He really does need to get more goals and forget the continued hype of 'how good he could be'.
Ohio
17/11/2017 17:31:00
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Time to start playing blues , if not Steve Cotterill must go , and if the owners don't put in a decent amount of money after causing a lot of this farce , then they must go as well , for not putting enough homework in before allowing a lot of the clubs money being spent on players that on looking at the stats do not compliment each other on the pitch , Even though they have played well for their previous clubs ...but keep getting behind the players we do have bluenoses...
David Village
18/11/2017 12:05:00
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At last we can enjoy a Saturday night.Good bottle shown by all of the players.
Ohio
18/11/2017 17:35:00
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What a difference having a player who can actually hold onto the ball and pass it makes. Gleeson played really well. We really missed him second half. Maghoma at number 10 was a poor decision. If anything he should've brought on Boga. Great hard fought win. Can we get our long awaited first away win versus Boro. They didn't look anything special versus Leeds.
Ijaz H
19/11/2017 17:41:00
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What a difference having a player who can actually hold onto the ball and pass it makes. Gleeson played really well. We really missed him second half. Maghoma at number 10 was a poor decision. If anything he should've brought on Boga. Great hard fought win. Can we get our long awaited first away win versus Boro. They didn't look anything special versus Leeds.
Ijaz H
19/11/2017 17:41:00
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Looking back in hindsight anything other than a win would have been disaster,this is a CRITICAL period despite very tough away games coming up we have to continue to gather as many points possible ASAP. Yes,it was a relief to have won,very nervy for all fans holding on to a 1-0 scoreline.We can still get out of trouble however after this amount of games played the league does not lie. It has been a dreadful start after a summer of such high hopes.TTA are trigger happy with managers,give Cotterill time,Continuity is key in my opinion,that breeds stability,that's what we needed and a bit of good fortune both on the pitch and no more injuries to key players. KRO
Le Hane
20/11/2017 16:14:00
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Having enjoyed a rare Saturday night I still dread the next two games.My trust in the players is simply not there,nor with our manager.
Ohio
21/11/2017 06:38:00
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My plea to Cotterill is to play the next two games with toughness.Players who will not be bullied.By this I mean Davis,Keifenbeld,Ndoye,Jukey,and Morrison.My team would be- Kusczak,Morrison Dean Roberts,Nsue and Grounds,Davis Ndoye Keifenbeld,Adams,Jukey. Big,strong unit there that should restrict a total dominance by what I fear might happen especially after boro'losing to Leeds.
Ohio
21/11/2017 06:49:00
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