It was a disappointing evening as Blues went down 1-0 to Nottingham Forest on Tuesday, but should Blues fans be concerned following the defeat?
Partly yes and partly no. Blues are still sitting pretty in 7th place with a game in hand on most of their opponents, despite the defeat to Dougie Freedman’s men. Blues were hardly humbled in the 1-0 loss and it was a close game with limited opportunities.
Blues actually started the better and they launched a series of promising attacks before running out of steam extremely quickly.
But it was the manor of defeat that may have concerned Gary Rowett and the Bluenoses. Blues were lacklustre, avoid of creativity and slow-paced at times. Yes Blues’ unbeaten start had to come to an end at some point, but this this was hardly the way Rowett would have imagined it happening.
Something that was clear from the start was that Blues are in desperate need of a fully-functioning centre-back pairing. Rowett made the decision to send David Edgar out on loan and it could be a decision he might regret. Jonathan Spector does not look like a true centre-half and looked terribly shaky playing aside Michael Morrison on the night.
With Paul Robinson and Shane Lowry the only other options to Rowett, that area of the pitch looks overwhelmingly short-staffed. Lowry failed to get a deal at League One outfit Leyton Orient before Rowett snapped him up, and the former Villa man will be weeks away from full match fitness.
Despite a poor performance from Blues’ attacking players against Forest, they do have the quality and depth in those areas. But it is the heart of the defence that is looking particularly shaky.
Captain Michael Morrison is shouldering a lot of the defensive responsibilty at the moment, but he could faulter as the season goes on and fatigue sets in. Rowett may have to look at potential options in the loan window, but Spector is not solid enough to stay at centre-half all season.