Andy Munro watches Blues go down 3-1 at Norwich.
Blues received a rare spanking from a talented Norwich side who showed(optimistically for Blues) that it doesn’t necessarily take much money to put together an exciting side. From their two young eager fullbacks to Teemu Pukki up front, they are a bargain basement set of players with the latter not even cutting the mustard in Scotland.
Blues’ highpoint was a brilliantly-taken goal by Che Adams but the team definitely showed a defensive Achilles heel as both Harlee Deane and Pederson just didn’t react quickly enough for two of the goals. Maybe it’s time to take a leaf out of Norwich’s book and give a young defender like Wes Harding (and maybe even Dacres-Cogley?) a decent run, as some of our current crop of defenders are starting to look a bit jaded.
It also didn’t help that up front our wingers failed to perform against their athletic opponents with the young Norwich wingbacks having the energy to overlap going forward whilst still getting back behind the ball when they had to defend.
Things got a bit better with the intro of Craig Gardner, Vassell and Mahoney but by then the Canaries were in cruise control. The signing of an attacking midfielder might help us regain more control in matches whilst help unlock even more the scoring potential of Jutkiewicz and Adams who, in this game, were just feeding off scraps.
This defeat isn’t an unmitigated disaster for Blues but they definitely need to get back to winning ways, as losing can become a nasty habit.