Last week’s loss to Bolton was all too predictable, with many people on social media and before the game thinking we were going to lose. However I think we need to look on the bright side. We got to see small flashes of brilliance from Mrabti, with an on-the-ball relationship of football intelligence between him and Adams starting to forged. But the most important thing about the loss to Bolton is that Monk got see the limitations and what counters his newly-crafted, exciting diamond formation. Not only will that be a lesson learned for both Monk & Co and his players, but an invitation to work on problems that need to be fixed and to polish the formation. However, one thing I will say about the new formation is that it does not really suit Juktiewicz, who has 10 goals and 10 assists playing in a 4-4-2, with crosses coming in from Jota, something that has disappeared after he has started in the number 10 role, behind Juke and Adams.
Our defence and team selection is the main talking point of the game. Do we switch up our defence? It has leaked 7 goals in 4 games. Or do we keep it the same? The option is to switch Harding out for Pedersen, and return Colin to right-back. This is our strongest defence by far, but one that hasn’t always worked, with gaps being exposed when both full-backs push up too far, but problems that can be fixed, with intensive work in training.
Adams is still in top-form, and if he had scored against Bolton he would have equalled Trevor Francis’ record of scoring in 7 consecutive blues games. And I would expect him to score again today. I would also like to see Mrabti given a start, maybe replacing Maghoma, after he impressed after coming on against Bolton, and in an Under-23s game last weekend.
Unlike Bolton, I doubt Blackburn will arrive at St Andrews and stick all 10 outfield players behind the ball. Despite being quite quiet in the previous, their main talisman Bradley Dack can be dangerous when he plays well, but on his day he can be fatal to defences, in tandem with championship legend, Danny Graham.
Blackburn, who lost 1-0 to Middlesbrough last weekend, are quite shaky at the back and will be without Derrick Williams, who is suspended. They try to play fast attacking football when on the ball, but without the ball they sort of roam around, and as previously mentioned before, not great defensively. This was highlighted in the previous fixture, where we smashed and grabbed two goals in two minutes to equalise, with a third looking likely but unfortunately never came.
Before this piece ends, I would like to thank the loyal readers that have stuck with us, we’ve undertook a period of inconsistency but I promise we’ll be back to our best in no time, with a few new additions and extras too. Enjoy the game tomorrow.
- Jamie (@JSBluess)