Call for Creativity
Jotas absence may not have been too worrying for Monk at first, as results were still being bagged but this defeat may just pinpoint the hole left in midfield. When the game called for a creative spark Monk simply had nothing at his disposal to call on.
The current bench looks void of any promising attacking firepower and this ultimately cost us as the game carried on with limited, clear chance for Blues.
It was difficult to recall one clever pass that would have created the openings; Any attacking pressure would often fizzle out and for all the build-up play, the ball would often end up back to keeper Lee Camp.
For someone who operates in the defence role, the Danish left back is establishing himself as a threat going forward. Pedersens low driven free kick could have rescued a point at the end of the match but the Robins keeper was aware to the danger.
It was another composed performance at both ends of the pitch for him, and he won his battles convincingly.
Fine margins swing either way
It took until the end of the second half for serious questions to be asked of the Robins defence. A Connor Mahoney free kick was met by the inform Lukas Jutkiewicz whose header somehow hit the inside of the post and bounced back into play.
The visitors goal was the stand out chance for Lee Johnsons side who dispatched their chance to edge the margin. There were three clear penalty appeals – all of which were dismissed with Che Adams being booked for his tumble in the second half.
The general consensus at the ground was blues were hard done by to not see any of these game changing decisions given to them.
Records come to an end
March 2018 was the last time the St.Andrews faithful left the ground with the taste of defeat in their mouth for a league game. The bigger takings from this defeat should be what Blues lacked to turn it around.
It’s never satisfying to lose any game, in any style, but there are ways of losing a record as prolific as this and it should serve as a reminder of the game changer Blues lack on the bench. Fans should take optimism that this was a close encounter and void of any worrying performances.