Mowbray’s Wednesday woes

Blues are beaten at Sheffield Wednesday with Andy Munro watching.

Blues are beaten at Sheffield Wednesday with Andy Munro watching.

Maybe I’m the eternal optimist, but I have faith in Tony Mowbray to pull things around after the disastrous Rooney regime.

However, Blues’ performance at Sheffield Wednesday wasn’t very encouraging and could be described as powder puff with plenty of huffing and puffing and little else.

Was Mowbray right to drop/rest Jay Stansfield and play Scott Hogan. Probably not; if only the latter had signed, as was once widely touted, for the opposition instead of clogging up the route for promising youngsters such as Junior Dixon.

Hogan was woeful but he was certainly not alone. Behind him Siriki Dembele had a game where he flattered to deceive and after a promising start Jordan James faded badly, as did the inconsistent Juninho Bacuna. The two anchor midfielders also didn’t cover themselves with glory with Ivan Sunjic’s distribution as wayward as usual and perhaps Andre Dozzell turning in a more decent performance

At the back, the normally dependable Ethan Laird, Kevin Long and Lee Buchanan were culpable, along with Krystian Bielik, for the Wednesday goals. Yet Blues had most of the possession and substantially more shots so let’s hope our inability to sign a forward doesn’t come back to haunt us.

As a positive footnote, our support was incredible and it’s just a shame that the players on the pitch couldn’t do it justice.