Vital Football

Latest Birmingham City News

Bruce: 3 strikers a 'big mistake'

Bruce: 3 strikers a 'big mistake'

Steve Bruce has admitted that leaving Blues with just three strikers for the first half of the season was a 'big mistake'.

Despite his constant insistance that a team is 'only as good as its strikers' and maintaining that four were always needed, Bruce offloaded both Clinton Morrison back to Crystal Palace, and Robbie Blake to Leeds.

This lack of strikers hit Blues hard in the first five months of the season - with one being injured (Mikael Forssell) and the other not being very good (Walter Pandiani), this left Blues with just Emile Heskey as a viable option.

Blues currently sit eighteenth in the Premiership table with just five wins from 24, and only 21 goals - and this lack of goals has proved to be the side's Achilles heel, with Emile Heskey bagging just three league goals.

Now Bruce has admitted that this decision was a gamble:

'We went into the season with three strikers and that was a big mistake in hindsight.

'We took a gamble there and it left us short and we couldn't do anything about it until the transfer window.

'For five months we basically had Heskey on his own and he did an excellent job.

'But Walter failed to reproduce what he had shown when on loan last season and the injuries to Mikael, and the time needed to get over them, have been severe.'

Whilst most Blues fans could have told you that having just three strikers, one of which recovering from a serious injury, was a 'gamble' - some would say 'mistake' - there is no doubt that this decision has led to the club being in deep trouble at the foot of the table.

This means a lot now rests on the shoulders of Blues' two new strikers, DJ Campbell and Chris Sutton, to start producing goals, and all Bluenoses will be hoping that Forssell reproduces the goalscoring form he showed whilst on loan two seasons ago.


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:
Date:Monday February 13 2006
Time: 10:26AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Birmingham City Articles

Stats: Birmingham City v Sheffield Wednesday

All the stats from Birmingham City (1) vs (2) Sheffield Wednesday, St.Andrews, Feb 6th/15:00 Att: 20,302 (3,047 away)

Opposition: Two players to watch - Sheffield Wednesday

Tom Heslop recently asked Vital Sheffield Wednesday editor Ed Jepson what two players he thought would play key rolls in Saturday's game

One To Watch: Gary Hooper

Sask's article about which of the opposition players will trouble Birmingham City the most.

Opinion: Clayton Donaldson goal to come this weekend?

Tom Heslop has his say on Clayton Donaldson's recent goal drought and why he thinks a goal could come his way this weekend

Archived Vital Birmingham Articles

Vital Birmingham articles from

Site Journalists

Tom Heslop
Profile
Christopher Handy
Profile
Saskia Bowes
Profile
Rob Wildey
Profile
Luke Turner
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

What is the best piece of business the club has done in January?
Suggested By: Tom Heslop
Signing James Vaughan6%
Signing Will Buckley7%
Signing Diego Fabbrini17%
Signing Ryan Shotton7%
New contract for Gary Rowett56%
Selling Demarai Gray7%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Hull City 28 17 5 6 56 27
2 Middlesbrough 27 17 4 6 55 23
3 Brighton 29 14 11 4 53 9
4 Burnley 29 14 10 5 52 21
5 Derby County 29 13 11 5 50 14
6 Ipswich 29 13 9 7 48 3
7 Sheff Wed 29 12 11 6 47 11
8 Birmingham 29 13 8 8 47 9
9 Cardiff 29 11 11 7 44 5
10 Brentford 30 11 7 12 40 -2
11 Forest 29 9 12 8 39 5
12 Wolves 29 10 9 10 39 -1
13 Q.P.R. 29 8 12 9 36 0
14 Preston 29 8 12 9 36 -2
15 Leeds Utd 29 8 12 9 36 -4
16 Reading 29 9 8 12 35 0
17 Huddersfield 29 8 8 13 32 -3
18 Blackburn 27 6 12 9 30 0
19 Fulham 28 6 10 12 28 -5
20 MK Dons 28 7 5 16 26 -18
21 Rotherham 29 7 4 18 25 -18
22 Bristol City 29 5 10 14 25 -23
23 Charlton 29 5 9 15 24 -29
24 Bolton 29 3 12 14 21 -22
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Birmingham City Fixtures (view all)

Feb 6 2016 3:00PM : Sheffield Wednesday (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Rotherham United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Leeds United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 23 2016 7:45PM : Bolton Wanderers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Queens Park Rangers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 3 2016 7:45PM : Hull City (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Recent Birmingham City Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.WayCoolBlue7
2.BcfcTom4
3.David Village3
4.Rob Wildey2
5.Moshen1