Blues have come across a bit of a bad time at home, something we’ve unfortunately experienced before, but what can they do? It’s a scary thought, with our terrible home form under Clark still fresh in the minds, that Blues have failed to score at home since their 2-1 victory over QPR in October.
Is this the end of the Rowett Revolution? Are we to return to struggling ways? Personally I really don’t know. Having seen the ability of the skillset we have I think no, I think that this could just be a blip and that it’s too soon to jump to conclusions.
Blues have surprised everyone this season after actually being tipped to go down this year and I think Rowett has pushed the players to get out what he needed of them, the problem has been a lack of a genuine Plan B that will work as well. Since Cotterill and Donaldson have been injured Blues have lacked a certain edge and with some of the players having featured so regularly there’s a bit of lacklustre within the team, to panic now would be uncalled for and would be almost throwing support for Rowett back in his face.
We have been spoilt since he came along and it’s easy to forget how bad it was before but if things don’t start picking up then I would be concerned. Blues have lost three on the bounce and I think a fourth successive defeat to second placed Middlesbrough would begin to wear away faith a bit. Blues have now fallen out of the top 6 and need to continue to push and win games if they hope to be contenders for the play-offs this year.
January is fast approaching and I think this will certainly be a highly important month with the transfer window opening us as fans will want to see what Rowett does. The question of how much money (As Panos has promised there is at least some) is a mysterious one that baffles fans currently, it’s extremely difficult to judge and from that how much will go on fee’s for players, something Blues potentially require.
Whilst I still admit there isn’t much needed Blues do still need a second striker, perhaps once Vaughan is eligible (He couldn’t play against his parent club at the weekend) we can see what options he delivers in the coming weeks. Blues also need to fix their leaky defence which has seen them concede seven goals in five games.
Personally I think Blues have peaked now and a fresh injection of bodies along with perhaps a change in the way we play as I think teams have sussed us now would be beneficial. Blues need more options than we currently have but I’ve come to accept that the team can slump a little, personally what they’ve achieved already this season is good and whilst I don’t think complacency is good I think limited numbers mean players feel safe enough to switch off and not be dropped and I personally feel complacent that, as long as we pick up some points, we’ve done enough already.