Blues could only manage a goalless draw against 15th place Blackburn Rovers last night as the goal drought continues.
Rowett’s side started the game well with high tempo and pushed up the pitch and looked like scoring in the opening exchanges. However Blackburn defended well and gained control of the game by passing around their defence without looking to threaten Blues.
It was very much like a training game in the first half, where you practice on keeping possession and not actually scoring goals. The fans started to get on the player’s backs as Rovers enjoyed 62 per cent of the possession before the break. They also had the best chances – the best of which fell to Lawrence in the 18th minute.
Probably Blues’ first ‘real’ chance of the second half fell to Demarai Gray, who stung the hands of Steele with an effort from distance that took a deflection.
Rovers’ Lawrence capitalised on a slip from Paul Caddis before over hitting a pass which looked a certain goal scoring opportunity. A wake up call for Blues who then showed more attacking intent…
Dimmy was the most dangerous at this point who made some good crosses and his closest shot was dragged just wide. Jon Toral made an instant impact after coming on. His trickery was a breath of fresh air which caused their defence problem’s. He got through a couple of times but his decision making let him down as he chose to pass to Donaldson instead of hitting the target, when he did shoot it was an easy gathering for the goalkeeper.
In a late attacking flurry Steele flung himself to his left to make a spectacular mid-air save to keep out a Cotterill shot. On another day it would have gone in but it weren’t to be.
Birmingham: Kuszczak, Caddis, Morrison, Spector, Grounds, Gleeson, Davis, Cotterill (Maghoma 90), Shinnie (Toral 65), Gray, Donaldson. Subs not used: Legzdins, Robinson, Kieftenbeld, Solomon-Otabor, Brock-Madsen.
Booked: Shinnie, Davis.
Rovers: Steele, Marshall, Duffy, Hanley, Olsson, Taylor (Henley 77), Williamson, Akpan, Conway, Lawrence (Koita 85), Rhodes. Subs not used: Raya, Spurr, Kilgallon, Delfouneso, O’Sullivan.
Booked: Marshall, Henley.
Referee: Christopher Kavanagh.
Attendance: 15,701 (454 away).
“I asked the players after two home defeats or two defeats on the spin rather and I think three home defeats after four games, I asked them to get a clean sheet and be defensively strong,” said Rowett.
“See if we can grow into the game and counter like we always do and I think sometimes you have to be patient doing that.
“We’ve been guilty in some games of trying to win games in the first ten minutes, conceding goals and then not getting back into the game, it’s a simple as that.
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Andrew Duggan – “Why is grey playing so deep everytime we win the ball and have the chance to push on the other sides back four his still jogging around the half way line I’m all for even our best attacking players to track back but it’s kind of taking the piss now I don’t think anyone can argue that cotterill and gray are best when there running at defenders gray can beat any player on his day pick up the ball wide move forward and cut in he sends defenders all over the place I saw him do it three times last night & he caused them so much trouble but three times in 90mins isn’t enough for a player rated at 6mil plus get pick up the ball beat a man not look to go back all the time think we need to try get Wes Thomas fit different kind of striker quick and knows where the goal is route 1 to Donaldson has run its course we’ve had a good half a season with it but clearly been worked out now.”
Gary Edwards – “Can you all go and do one with your negative attitudes! GR is admirable with his resources! Support is required not your comments! Don’t you think he knows what he needs? KRO.”
Giles Brooks – “We are sooo predictable and easy to play against. A poor Blackburn team gave us the run around for the first half then second slightly better but once teams work out to double up on gray and Donaldson we have zero creativity. Squad is far too thin with shiinie as shit as ever. Although Davis and toral looked OK.”
It’s obvious that Blues need another striker, a more goal poacher player as teams have found us out now. The wide men have done wonders for us so far this season but they seem to have lost their form. Fulham away next, another difficult game it will be interesting to see how Blues approach this one.
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