Preston Pressure Next

24 Sep 2021 | 6 comments

Birmingham City


Preston North End

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Whichever way you dress it up following two swingeing league defeats, Blues are under pressure against Preston North End. Lee Bowyer, beneath the calm persona after last Saturday’s heavy defeat at Peterborough, must be desperate for a much-improved performance that brings points back to his squad. We are still in a decent place league table wise, and three points against Preston would trigger a new hope that we are back on track.

Listening to and watching Bowyer’s post-match interview against Peterborough last Saturday evening made poor sense in my opinion, and a fair amount of disappointment. Blaming fatigue and a rapid clutch of games made little sense, particularly when Blues had recently played Derby County on a Friday night and then not played Fulham until the following Wednesday. Peterborough then three days later really shouldn’t have been that onerous.

However, the optimism still remains intact with believers like myself that Bowyer is the man for us. Question now is how the team should shape up against Preston, who are fairly unpredictable. Naming Deeney and Jutkiewicz together sounds good and strong in many ways, but is this the way to go or do you bring Hogan into the thinking, which is the limited but obvious route?

Midfield is stable rather than exciting, with Sunjic the natural replacement for Gardner, leaving Chong and Bela to speed things up going forward. Should I ever be granted a wish for a position that could be introduced into the current team it would be for a really creative midfield player. A Mark Ward type. Recent years and as long back to 2011 we had Barry Ferguson, but since then nobody. Jude Bellingham obviously could have been my wish, but alas no as that was swiftly denied me. We currently have decent players like Woods, Gardner and Sunjic that do the job asked of them and that’s fine. It’s just that creativity – maybe not in great measures – that would be welcomed.

Fast forward now to the Preston game and fresh hope all round, with Troy Deeney hopefully being the first name on Lee Bowyer’s team sheet and ending with his name on the scoresheet of a victory for Blues.

Mitchell Bray


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  1. Smithy

    Questions will be asked if we mess this one up.

  2. tracey tyler

    I think the left hand side is suspect,Pederson has no pace and Bela does not always track back so we are vulnerable there.Hope Castillo shows a bit so we could slot him in at full back,think 4-3-3 would be better for us.

  3. Mitchell Bray

    Tracey.If I remember correctly from past posts, both of us agreed Seddon should have stayed at Blues. Yes he wasn’t the finished article but he would have improved under Bowyer. Left back has always been a bit dodgy since signing Pedersen. My opinion is that Pedersen signing obligated us to playing him. Would Bowyer have gone out and signed him- doubt it very much.

  4. Walter

    A draw at best – probably 0-0. Luton now a distant memory.

  5. Ron Jeremy

    Blues trust still going? Why is the focus and pressure being pointed at Lee and on the team?

    You want fans to be heard? Heard doing what? Slagging the boys, Lee and Craig off? Lets step back from the on pitch performances. Ultimatelyz the club is in tatters and the stadium even moreso? Where is your pressure on our incompetent owners that created the mess to start with? The underlying problems?

    Make our voice louder? Against what? The players to demoralise them even more? Louder against the root cause eg our owners? Genuine question, i do not know what you stand for?

  6. Mitchell Bray

    Ron. Like you I would love a clean slate with new owners. However surely this site gives a platform for fans to either praise or let off steam. Current situation off the field appears to be improving or am I wrong- whichever way you look at it brings the same conclusion and that is that most blues fans don’t particularly like the way the club is run but like it we don’t, accept it we must.

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