After a fiesty second City derby ends all square, Blues came into the home game against the bees of Brentford knowing it had to be nothing but three points.
Brentford sat contently in mid table, so really coming away from home, anything was good for them. Straight away in his first game against his former club since joining the Blues from Dean Smith’s bees, Maxime Colin went down and there was a delay for a good few minutes right at the beginning and after finding out the news over Isaac Vassell; they would have wanted the treatment with Colin to take as long as needed but the Blues fans will be awaiting some more injury news as he was substituted off for David Cotterill.
Cheick N’doye was chasing a lost cause but managed to win a free kick early on which Jaques Maghoma took. An attempted shot blocked for Davis and then an attempted shot missed from Marc Roberts, so Birmingham had chances early on to say the least then when the visitors went on the attack they were caught offside with Henrik Dalsgaard being the culprit. Brentford noted the weaknesses in the home teams play because they were far from out of the game they had their fair share of opportunities early on.
Many shots firing in from any angles from both sides, either blocked, saved or missed. A main attempt in the first half was late on in the 40th minute from Blues midfielder Mikael Kieftenbeld which smacked the woodwork and that epitomises how Blues played in the opening 45!
Another man facing off against his former team for Blues was former Brentford man Jota who was Blues’ go to man in the derby on Sunday but couldn’t quite find his feet in this game and was subbed off early in the second half for loan striker Sam Gallagher. The second half was practically identical to the first one, both teams having shots on goal by it was a typical mid week game… Scrappy!
The question Blues fans are going to continue to ask themselves is when will we win and I can very much see this, because one game Birmingham play very well but then the next they perform really poor it’s what football is all about, but sometimes teams are just due a win but it just won’t come for Cotterill’s men. The question for another week got answered and the answer was no because blues conceded a penalty in the 73rd minute which former Exeter youngster Ollie Watkins buried to put the side from West London one to the good just as you thought that was it for the night. It was guaranteed to be yet another loss for the boys in royal blue, Brentford scored again with Neal Maupay finding the net with 6 minutes remaining.
Another loss and another few points away from at least a respectable position in the table, it’s set to be another season treading water for Birmingham, too inconsistent but it’s not just that, there seems to be a disconnection within our team and club. A good performance one week, but then an extremely poor one the next. A win is more than overdue now and just as the song goes, we’ll “keep right on”
RB Colin , CB Morrison , CB Roberts , LB Grounds
CM Davis , CM Kieftenbeld
RW Jota , CAM N’doye , LW Maghoma
RB Dalsgaard , CB Egen , CB Bjelland , LB Clarke
CM Mokotjo , CM Woods
RW , Jozefoon , CAM Sawyers , LW Watkins
Possession – Blues; 43% , Brentford; 56%
Shots – Blues; 15 , Brentford; 16
Shots on target – Blues; 2 , Brentford; 5
Corners – Blues; 7 , Brentford; 4
Fouls – Blues; 9 , Brentford; 7
Yellow cards – Blues; 2 , Brentford; 1