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Andy Munro is apprehensive after Blues are beaten 1-0 at Norwich.

Well, it was a familiar tale as Harry’s new soap powder failed to wash away the dismal memories that have generally mounted up since GAry Rowett’s sudden departure. The new exciting era that we had been promised failed to materialise in a rather uninspiring performance against a Norwich side who aren’t exactly inspirational themselves.

In fairness, we looked a bit more lively when Che Adams came on and surely he has to start the next game. Similarly, if he’s fit and available, surely the same thing applies to the lightening quick Isaac Vassell. Having opted for 4-2-3-1, we looked a bit disorganised and maybe Harry will eventually opt for 4-4-2 at least whilst trying to bed in what is practically a brand new team. Certainly, with two supposed ‘captain’ figures in the centre like Dean and Morrison (never mind Roberts), they shouldn’t be leaking goals in the elementary fashion that they are. Maybe it’s a case of two many captains spoiling the footballing tactical broth.

Meanwhile, up front, Harry has apparently always liked a two forward partnership, yet his fluidity around the second striker is unlikely to foster understanding especially when everybody in the Championship are mostly well oiled machines with the ability to grind out results. In fact, dare it be said, maybe we are suffering from a touch of Villa Syndrome when, in their haste to sign a brand new team, they’ve lost the tight-knit ethos which is so vital in the Championship as perhaps their less than impressive nil-nil against a Brentford 2nd XI testifies.

I still think that we will come good but given a poor start, only to a fringe play-off position which may not tempt Harry away from his pension book next season. Either way, we need a win from the matches against either Leeds or Preston and, to be honest, away to an in-form Leeds is one game that I wouldn’t have picked for a Blues team who have only just got over the stage of formal introductions.