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Woeful Blues stung by the Bees

Woeful Blues stung by the Bees

Yesterday on this very website, I spoke about Brentford as a good footballing team. But last night, Blues made them look world class. They made Griffin Park seem like the Nou Camp and Ollie Watkins look like Lionel Messi.

If you wasn't already aware - Blues are now in serious trouble. I won't say 'once again' because we have never truly been out of it.

For what it's worth, the performance in the opening 25 minutes was quite bright. Yet as soon as Brentford got their noses in front, the collapse was alarming.

On the back of their best run of the season, Blues have now lost three successive league games without scoring a goal.

Steve Coterill seems like a lost puppy on the sidelines devoid of any answers and the players are simply not good enough.

Defeat, we can accept. We're Birmingham City - we will lose games. But defeat in this manner - caving in so easily and, quite frankly, not giving a sh*t about the shirt, is inexcusable.

Whether you like or loathe Cotterill, I can't buy into this 'the players do not want to play for him' nonsense. How many managers can they refuse to play for? Gianfranco Zola, Harry Redknapp and now Cotterill. Three very different managers, same recurring theme - the players.

Even the usually reliable David Stockdale was at sixes and sevens making two calamitous errors.

When changes were made at half time with Blues 2-0 down, nobody would have disagreed with the personnel entering the fray. But instead of altering the system to allow Che Adams and Jota to infuence the game in their natural positions, Cotterill shoehorned them both into wide areas. As a result, both players spent the majority of the second half tracking back.

Here, we have a manager who doesn't have a plan B, players who are incapable of getting the basics right and fans who are losing patience very quickly.

Blues are very much in danger. Barnsley is a must win. Conede the first goal at the atmosphere inside St. Andrews will turn toxic.

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Writer:Rob Wildey
Date:Wednesday February 21 2018
Time: 10:29AM


The selection of Lowe, Ndoye , and Gardner , must have been the slowest midfield in the league ...COME ON
David Village
21/02/2018 10:40:00
I don’t loath SC, as much as I feel sorry for him. I have been saying from day one he is a lower league manager, the great pretender, out of his depth, say it anyway you want he is just not good enough. A 53 year old who has been in professional football since being a teenager and yet still hasn’t been successful in Championship management tells its own story — an important fact which cannot be ignored. His biggest mistake with Blues was not becoming HR’s assistant. Instead he has this situation again when he’s pretending to be good enough for Championship management. The sooner he accepts the truth the better it will be for all concerned. If I could talk to him, I would say “Steve there is nothing wrong with being a number 2 at Championship level, accept it, work it to the best of your ability and enjoy the journey on the training ground with the players, building up their fitness levels and creating a good team spirit.” The pressure would be off him then not having to make tactical decisions, especially in the pressured atmosphere of the touch line. He doesn’t need to keep trying to prove himself to everyone. There is no shame in being a manager’s assistant. Since he walked through the door at ST Andrews there has been this false peacock pride and arrogance about him, as he constantly strives to be seen as the big I am. I have got nothing against ambition, and wanting to better yourself, but it has to be mixed with accepting your limitations. A balance SC seems to have difficulty in striking.
21/02/2018 12:21:00
Loathe not loath.
21/02/2018 12:39:00
“Whether you like or loathe Cotterill, I can't buy into this 'the players do not want to play for him' nonsense. How many managers can they refuse to play for? Gianfranco Zola, Harry Redknapp and now Cotterill. Three very different managers, same recurring theme - the players.” Rob can you elaborate on this? I’m not sure I agree, as I think player, manager relationships are becoming more and more difficult, particularly with players having increasing power in the dressing room these days. I also believe the players have performed the basics and beyond, under previous managers for Blues (Rowett) and at their previous clubs in relation to the new signings. That said, it is a complex subject I want to think about a bit more. If the manager is not the problem, why do you think the players don't care?
21/02/2018 12:51:00
BS- I'm not saying Cotterill isn't a problem. But he isn't the only problem.
Rob Wildey1
21/02/2018 19:47:00
Rob. I know you're not suggesting no blame should fall at SC door. Just wondering what your reasoning is regarding the players not performing?
21/02/2018 19:58:00
Rob. Would you accept SC is the main problem?
21/02/2018 20:03:00
Not content with completely screwing up versus Millwall with his team selection and playing Kieftenbeld as a number 10 he decides to play Ndoye there instead. He could've played Adams, Boga, Jota, Gallagher with Juke up top. Sorry but he hasn't got a ****in clue. The sooner we get rid of this clown the better. He doesn't inspire any confidence on or off the field.
Ijaz H
21/02/2018 21:22:00
Ijaz H. Yes it is a strange situation. We have a natural number 10 in Adams currently estimated by Fulham at £10m and he plays defensive midfielders instead. Personally I would go with Gallagher up top with Adams at 10. Or Jota at 10 with Adams or Gallagher up top. And if we the fans feel frustrated and confused by his crazy tactical decisions, imagine how the players feel and how it must affect them mentally??
21/02/2018 21:55:00
Another thought. Imagine having to listen to his madness on the training pitch everyday! It's difficult and baffling enough for us hearing the post-match comments.
21/02/2018 22:00:00
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