It’s been a tricky couple of weeks for Blues and for the first time since September, we are sitting outside of the play-off places.
There were some good points made on the Tilton Talk show this week about the team and the slight element of predictability when it comes to our line-up, with and without Clayton.
And in the wake to the disappointing defeat to a struggling Huddersfield at home, Gary Rowett has some strong words for his side.
“I don’t want us to start slipping away and we are slipping a little bit. We have got to fight and work incredibly hard to stay in the mix. Listen, as much as I have been happy with the players’ achievements over the 13 months, it doesn’t now mean to say we’re happy with mediocrity,” the Gaffer said.
While Blues are still sitting pretty at eighth in the table, something needs to change in there somewhere. While Clayton Donaldson and David Cotterill are still injured, Blues need to be a little less passive.
And it seems that Gary Rowett doesn’t want to settle down into a poor run of form.
“Players don’t go out there to play with a lack of quality at times. I have never, ever criticised my team for being dishonest or not trying hard enough. I think we try but sometimes in recent weeks it has been a little misguided.”
“But I can’t keep saying that now. I have got to question whether some of the players are happy getting to sixth which we may feel, at the moment, is like us being top of our own table, and which of the players have got that extra desire to take us forward,” he said.
And with Blues facing a difficult trip up to the Riverside to take on Middlesbrough this weekend, this could be the time to start picking up positive results again.