Blues given post-Boxing Day lesson.

Blues are beaten at Burnley. Andy Munro reports back.

This was possibly the worst display under the John Eustace regime, as we were never really at the footballing version of the races.

To be fair, Eustace is a good manager but he can only use the resources at his disposal and this 3-0 defeat serves as a reality check on our ambitions. However, he should not be above criticism and there is no way Tahith Chong can play in a front two, as his disconnection to Troy Deeney’s many knock-ons showed.

To get the best of Chong’s talents, he has to play wide as part of either a 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 formation. In fact, it would have been more sensible to play the much maligned Johnathan Leko up front to partner Deeney from the start.

Conceding three goals isn’t the best and danger time and time again came down our left, with Longelo vulnerable and naive while Hannibal had one of his headless chicken days, not tracking back with any sort of method.

Whilst the back three weren’t particularly culpable technically, they must be held to account in not being vocal enough to properly organise the players in front of them who desperately needed some instructions. This is where Harlee Dean is sorely missed.

Either way, it was a bad day at the office and this mustn’t be allowed to taint the two home games that we have coming up, which may yet define our season.