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Blues hit by a Wall of frustration

Blues hit by a Wall of frustration

After a positive run of results recently, I was quick to put a pin in the notion that Blues had turned the corner. I was also quick to call for calm after the home defeat to Millwall - Blues' third successive loss in league and cup.

Now is not the time to panic. Did we all think that Blues were home and dry - perched comfortably on their Championship stool after the win at Sheffield Wednesday?

This was just another avoidable defeat. We've had many of them in the recent past, this was just the latest offering.

It was a game that, possession wise, Blues controlled without having any cutting edge. Steve Cotterill's post-match interview confused the living daylight out of every man and his dog. His 'the best team lost, we didn't deserve to win, we didn't desrve to lose' comments baffled me.

No, Blues didn't deserve to lose if your assessment is based purely on the stats. But when you don't stick the ball in the net - or even create a clear cut chance - you most certainly don't deserve to win.

Millwall came with a game plan and stuck to it rigidly. It worked. Steve Morison played his part winning every ball, flick on and 50/50 and Blues simply couldn't handle him. Millwall didn't create much, nor did they have to.

The moment Fred Onyedinma's effort nestled in the back of David Stockdale's net in the 77th minute, an away win was a dead cert. Blues huffed and puffed for 90 minutes but their failure to add to the squad in January is already haunting them.

Cotterill has been criticised recently for leaving his substitutions too late. This time, he acted swiftly by introducing Jota at the interval but, in hindsight, all that produced was more space for Millwall to drift into.

Che Adams must be wondering what he has to do to be awarded a start and Sam Gallagher must be screaming out for some support. To many onlookers the soluction seems glaringly obvious. But Cotterill won't budge from his favoured system and he most definitely won't choose to pair two strikers together.

The system has worked well in some games - but often a manager must have a plan B, something Cotterill doesn't seem to have or indeed want.

While the performance didn't warrant the booing at the final whistle, it was just another game in which Blues have lost and failed to score and the fans are becoming frustrated once again.

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Writer:Rob Wildey
Date:Monday February 19 2018
Time: 3:15PM


I agree it is not a time to panic, and your rational understanding of us not being out of trouble yet wasn't shared by all. Some of the crazy stuff I read posted by Blues fans across other social media platforms was laughable. The key text in this piece for me is. "The system has worked well in some games - but often a manager must have a plan B, something Cotterill doesn't seem to have or indeed want." Which is true and most frustrating because when the game doesn’t go a certain way we are scuppered? Your right he does need a second game plan and also the ability to change things successfully (subs, tactics, formations) with spontaneous decisions as the game unfolds, sometimes attacking weaknesses he sees in the opposition as they arise, or at times blocking out threats. The Millwall sub scored the winner after being on for 10 minutes. This is IMO not in the capabilities of SC and why I keep banging on about zero game management. And then listening to his post-match comments just brings confusion as you cited, but also angers me at times — especially when he starts deflecting any blame away from himself. Sometimes listening to his comments, if you didn't know anything about his career, you would have thought he has formerly led Real Madrid to Champions League glory.....I don’t know who he thinks he is?
19/02/2018 16:51:00
Well said BS. Cotterill’s latest stance on why Adams doesn’t play is plain idiotic.He states the front three are playing well together.Well let me enlighten him-the front three haven’t had one shot on target except for Gallagher hitting the post at Villa over the last two games.As previously stated many times Cotterill doesn’t like Adams.Boga doesn’t score goals,Maghoma doesn’t score goals so where is this club wrecking manager of ours come from.He really must despise our club.
19/02/2018 17:09:00
CS can keep his 4x3x3 system it works for derby ROB who was at the same level has us not long back in the chumps ....the difference is they have upped their strike power and play three proven strikers up front ,we are still playing with 1 ...i dont know what this club is thinking but you have to play the chances of succeed ...COTTIE was doing well ....but we are lacking goals ..and two strikers up front from the offset is a must because 1 is being marked out of the game to often ...I hope Adams and Jota are not being kept out because they are ear marked for other clubs in the next window ...that is a gamble to far ....
David Village
19/02/2018 18:34:00
David, it isn't 4-3-3. It's more of a 4-3-2-1. It definitely isn't a three man attack.
Rob Wildey1
19/02/2018 19:26:00
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