Not out of the woods

Andy Munro sees Blues go 3-0 down to Nottingham Forest.

It was yet another reverse as Blues slide inexorably down the table, but should we really be surprised when the team comprises of freebies and players who have played a part in the last three battles to avoid relegation? After all, you could argue that many of them were partly culpable for the team being in that position so often.

Blues might have hit the post twice, had eighteen shots with had a couple cleared off the line and a goal disallowed but Forest were far more clinical as our defence looked vulnerable every time the opposition entered our half.

So instead of dwelling on yet another disappointing reverse, the question is what to do about it for the next game.

I’d probably stay with the keeper, despite his uncertainty on the ball. However, in front of him I would definitely rest Harlee Dean, who was atrocious, and probably Kristian Pedersen, who should perhaps change his name to Pedestrian. Then I would replace them with Dion Sanderson and Riley McGree.

In the middle I would bring back Gary Gardner and just play one winger, Jeremie Bela in the absence of Ivan Sanchez. Tahith Chong could then use his pace properly just behind the Juke or Troy Deeney.

Much as I applaud lee Bowyer for taking a risk and playing two up front with two wingers, defensively it’s becoming football suicide.