OLLIE KEARNS Credit is due to a very well organized Birmingham team who have the 4th best away record in the league. Their tactics away from home are to basically nullify the opposition strengths knowing that they have the quality going forward to nick a goal. They would have seen the Forest game and basically set up to stop our full backs getting out and playing Donaldson on the left side of midfield was very astute on the part of Gary Rowett. He worked his socks off to stop Gunter going forward whilst also making the box any time they got into a crossing position.
Some observations with regard to us would be
Full backs - They are just involved in too many goals against one way or another. Obita 5 yards off instead of getting tight and stopping the cross for the goal. Gunter not reacting to the spilled free kick when their centre back does react. I have some sympathy with Obita in that he spent his formative years learning to be a winger but unfortunately he defends like one too often. We need two full backs who can defend first and foremost
Norwood - I am a fan but he too often takes the easy option in terms of playing where there is little pressure. He played 10 yards too deep on Saturday and pretty much ended up as a third centre back at times.
Piazon - Don't think we'll see him play again for us. If you play at the top of a midfield diamond then you have to influence the game going forward and he didn't at any point.
Cox - He is actually one of our better footballers and it was interesting to see him given the Piazon role at the start of the second half. Wouldn't surprise me to see him given a 1 year extension.
Kermorgant - Looks a genuine threat when we get crosses in as we did against Forest but cut that supply line and he is ineffective.
McDermott - He often tweaks things during a game but both he and the players looked lost for ideas after the first quarter of the game. Formation clearly being nullified by Brum but no attempt to mix it up, even if it was just a few diagonal crosses to get people running off Kermorgant.
I actually left early for the first time ever which sums it up I guess.
Good post - agree with most of that