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3 Ways Monk Can Help Birmingham Outsmart His Old Club

3 Ways Monk Can Help Birmingham Outsmart His Old Club

It`s strange how things work out in football but our new manager will be coming up against the team who sacked him just three months ago in his first match in charge.

On the face it you would think it would be a perfect opportunity to end this run of defeats, and here are a few ways that Garry Monk could help get us a win tonight.

1. Knowledge of our opponents

There are not many matches where your manager knows more about the players on the opposite side than his own team, but that will very much be the case tonight.

Only one of the players that started the 3-0 win against Leeds on Friday was signed by Tony Pulis in the January transfer window, while the rest were at the club at the start of the season. If there are any weaknesses to exploit, we have the perfect man in place to ensure we capitalise on them.

2. Set up to frustrate

Boro have scored nine in their last three games so a gung-ho attitude could be fatal to our chances of getting a result. Especially with the sheer pace that their winger Adama Traore has, and our problems at left back, we need cover on that side to ensure the Spaniard doesn`t cause havoc.

I think that considering he knows the threat that Boro pose out wide, the new manager will look to keep Maxime Colin in the team, and he may also decide to select someone more defensively minded than Che Adams on the wing to help out on the left hand side.

Although we did concede two against Forest at the weekend, the return of our captain to the starting line up ahead of Marc Roberts did make a difference. Hopefully his leadership can help us keep a clean sheet for the first time since early January.

3. Maghoma`s threat

Both Ryan Shotton and George Friend are not the quickest full backs in the world, and whichever side Jacques Maghoma starts from tonight, he should give us a major attacking threat.

Playing from the right against Forest last time out, he caused the opposition some trouble, and the 30 year old could be even more of a threat at St Andrews this evening, with Monk having worked with the full backs he will face. If we get him in out wide, hopefully he can combine well with whoever we choose to play up front. Sam Gallagher has gone six games without a goal so after an impressive performance from the bench, could Lukas Jutkiewicz be in for a recall? We shall see.

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Date:Tuesday March 6 2018
Time: 3:00PM

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