MATCH REPORT: Blues 1-2 Derby County – Enough is enough

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The return of Gary Rowett and a sense that maybe Blues would be able to come up trumps in this matchup against the Rams from the East midlands.

Zola selected the same formation which has been for the last few games; 3-5-1-1. Derby knew the job on hand, it was a game they had to win to have any chance of reaching the playoffs and they started brightly. Link up play between Craig Bryson and Tom Ince bought a cross in which Jacob Butterfield sliced a shot straight onto the post and the ball then hit off the back of keeper Tomascz Kuszczak – that was declared as an own goal.



Derby began to control the game from there on in. Blues played well in fits & starts but there was nothing stepping stone for Blues to lay down a platform to score. David Davis was the glue holding the side together, creating chances here and there but still, Derby kept on crawling back taking advantage of our vulnerable defence.

Rowett didn’t get a reception in my opinion. The fans clapped when he came out the tunnel but not for long and it didn’t seem as if there was much applause for him, especially the fact not many fans are in favour if the Rams had drawn the game, they would have been on 60 points, the exact amount of points Blues finished on with him in charge for the two previous seasons.

Approaching half time and Derby still had us hanging by a thread. Small breaks from corners or goal kicks but as said, nothing really threatening towards the visitors.

Half time and it was 0-1 to Derby County. Not much for Blues to shout about but from the atmosphere in the crowd, I could imagine they thought there was still something still in it for Zola’s men. The referee hadn’t made the best of decisions and cost Blues because we could have had a couple more opportunities from free-kicks.

Frei came on to replace Robert Tesche to add that bit of spark and creativity. Che Adams was a shining light in the home team going forward and he got his reward in a breakaway goal which conceded a corner. Gardner whipped it in, Shotton headed it which was saved and then Adams couldn’t resist but slide it in and level 1-1.



The boys in royal blue grew heavily into the game from that point on and didn’t let Derby in. A point, either way, would have been a fair result, it was pretty much a game of two halves but the venerable, weak, wasted Blues back three let slip with a long goal kick took by Scott Carson received by winger Tom Ince who lobbed chasing keeper Kuszczak. That was that another loss for Gianfranco Zola and Birmingham City. 2 wins in 20… When is it going to turn around?

Team Lineups:

Birmingham City:
GK; Kuszczak (OG)
RCB; Bielik , CB; Shotton , LCB; Robinson
RWB; Nsue , RCM; Tesche , CM; Gardner , LCM; Davis , LWB; Grounds
CAM; Adams (G)
ST; Jutkiewitz

Subs:
1. Legzdins
25. Cogley
21. Frei
9. Donaldson
8. Gleeson
6. Kieftenbeld
33. Keita

Derby County:
GK; Carson
LB; Olsson , LCB; Pearce , RCB; Keogh , RB; Baird
LCM; Bryson , CM; Johnson , LCM; Butterfield
LW; Russell , ST; Nugent , RW; Ince (G)

Subs:
2. Christie
8. Anya
11. Bent
19. Hughes
20. Camara
23. Vydra
35. Mitchell

Match Facts:
Possession – Blues; 51 – Derby; 48
Shots – Blues; 22 – Derby; 12
Shots on target – Blues; 3 – Derby; 5
Corners – Blues; 10 – Derby; 3
Fouls – Blues; 9 – Derby; 14

Featured image – DavoBirmingham

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7 COMMENTS

  1. If we survive and its a big if. It will be as a result of the teams below us being such awful form. We may get something from Rotherham and Burton but I can’t see a point from anywhere else. Its going to be very close. Lets hope Blackburn don’t find a few wins from somewhere. If they do I’m afraid its League One for us. In a strange sadistic way I hope we do go down. Any team that decides to sack a very capable manger and replaces him with a failed manager from Qatar deserves everything it gets.

  2. in my opinion it was a disjointed scrappy game
    when we pumped it up we rarely won a header
    juke was more often found on the right than in the centre
    i really don’t like the set up
    i much prefer wingers
    one thing is for sure when those offers to renew my season ticket come through in the near future i going to take a lot of convincing

  3. “In a strange sadistic way I hope we do go down.” Really! Have you taken leave of your senses Steve? Look we’re all disappointed, none more so than me but I would never wish relegation on the club whatever the circumstances. The goal we scored in the first half should have stood. The team played OK and they put a shift in on a hot day and I’m sorry to disagree with you about the team deserving what it gets; it depends on how you define the club. As I say in my blog report: http://www.joysandsorrows.co.uk/2017/04/view-from-the-south-birmingham-city-v-derby-county-2/ if you look at Birmingham City as defined by us the fans we certainly do not ‘deserve’ what has happened so let’s get some perspective for heaven’s sake. I still believe there is enough in our squad to get us to the end of the season safe to go again next term. We must look to get maximum points from the trip to Rotherham and the home game against Burton. Lose to one or both of those and I would agree with those that hold the view we really would deserve to go down. Keep the faith and don’t wish our status away; I am unfortunately old enough to remember the last time we were relegated to the third tier!

  4. Every game has the look of a league 2 team against a premier league team in cup ,we played well for spells had a go but ultimately lost the game ,NOT GOOD ENOUGH

  5. The idea is we improve on 24 shots at goal by getting more on target …When we get more shots on target we will score more goals …When we score more goals the opposition will fear us more so defend more so we have less chances to score ..It will mean in them defending more , but we will be attacking more so the chances will still be there ..KRO

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