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Struggling Blues in for stern Boro test

Struggling Blues in for stern Boro test

On the back of a fifth straight defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday, Birmingham City are in danger. They can take some heart from their second half performance which was, at least, spirited.

Steve Cotterill paid the ultimate price for his failure to drag Blues out of the bottom three.

His successor, Garry Monk, will be champing at the bit for his first game in charge which happens to be against his former club Middlesboro.

If new manager syndrome is a real thing, I hope Blues get a severe diagnosis of it. Still languishing in the danger zone having played a game more than most of their rivals, they need the points desperately.

But Boro are no mugs. Tony Pulis took over from Monk on Boxing Day with the team sitting just three points off the play-offs. Pulis' 13 matches in charge have produced six wins leaving the Teesiders in 7th, two points off the pace.

For all of the 'boring' analogies thrown Pulis' way, he is getting results. Boro have picked up seven points from the last nine available, scoring nine goals. By comparison, Blues have lost their last five games 12-1 on aggregate.

With a trip to Cardiff City on the hirizon this weekend, Blues could really do with a home success.

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Writer:Rob Wildey
Date:Monday March 5 2018
Time: 3:12PM


I am confedent we can do well. Bring it on. KRO
05/03/2018 17:25:00
I would be happy with a draw against a very organised Boro team. Reading comments from their pundits, (GazetteLive) when asked if Pulis had improved them since Monk? A resounding yes was the answer — apparently they are far more disciplined in keeping their shape and have become more difficult to beat as a result........That doesn't bode well for a team who have a conceded 12 goals, and scored only once in the last five games. So for me a point, and the breaking of the consecutive defeats would be a good start for GM. One thing for sure, he has a very tough challenge at the start of his tenure.......
05/03/2018 17:42:00
Any Pulis team will be hard to beat. Looking at our last 6 games (lost em all conceding 16 goals and scoring 2) and Boro's recent form, you have to think we would normally lose this 0-2 19 times out 20. It is all about the bounce factor. Plus the added bite (for Monk) of it being Boro. I am expecting nothing, hoping for a point and praying for 3. By the way, all this talk of Boro improving under Pulis. They were 3 points off the play-offs when Monk was fired. Now they are 2 off.
05/03/2018 20:32:00
OnTilt. To be fair to them they did mention the points hadn't been an improvement, but generally the team where playing better, but struggling to find the net.
05/03/2018 21:00:00
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