Another game, another defeat. Blues have scored five goals in their last two away fixtures and come away with diddly-squat. And why? Because our defence has gone to pot. Back to the good old Lee Clark days we go. But we shouldn’t really moan too much, I believe that Blues, who were punching well above their weight in the early days of Gary Rowett’s tenure, have found their standard now: not quite a bottom three side, not quite a mid-table side and nowhere near a team ready to even mention the words ‘play-off’s’. Assuming we do not get lumbered with a ten point deduction, Blues will be ok this season.
Ipswich was another example of what could have been. How many times do Blues want to create the better first half chances before shooting themselves in the foot? And the most frustrating thing of all is that all four of the goals were totally avoidable. Clayton Donaldson did his best to impersonate a striker severely lacking in confidence by smashing another one v one straight at the ‘keeper, despite making the chance himself with impressive build up play. Blues were one down at this point, and if The Don had buried his chance it could have been so different. From the players that were punching well above their weight not that long ago, too many are now underperforming. David Cotterill is a different player now, his crossing and passing is nothing short of abysmal and his free-kicks don’t even get beyond the wall. The defence has melted, with Robbo and Spector not exactly blessed with pace, making life difficult for themselves with poor distribution, and the midfield are too easy to beat.
The second half saw the introduction of Demarai Gray, a player that Blues turned down big bucks for, but who in my opinion isn’t worth half a million. His hat-trick against Reading aside, if anyone can explain to me what he actually does on a football pitch, I’m all ears. He came on and did nothing again, as did Zigic.
Another disappointing factor of the game at Portman Road was Blues’ tendency (especially Grounds and Caddis) to lump the ball aimlessly up the line. Ok, the pitch wasn’t the best, but it also wasn’t the worst I’ve seen. This defensive, long ball nonsense isn’t working and if Blues are going to scrape a few wins we need to attack, as we have demonstrated that we clearly cannot defend. To avoid being sucked into a relegation battle, Blues need to rediscover the passion and desire that got them out of the mire in the first place. Oh, and learn the art of defending. We take on Brentford on Saturday who only managed to muster up a measly 42 shots against Blackpool…
Keep Right On!