Lee Bowyer couldn’t make it consecutive wins as Birmingham City boss, as his team were beaten 3-0 by Watford at Vicarage Road this weekend.
Having enjoyed a dream start against Reading, there was a hope that Blues could back that up by picking up a result against the Hornets. But, whilst Bowyer’s side played well, with the margin of victory flattering the hosts, they could have few complaints about falling to defeat.
A bad day was made worse for Blues with the news that Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham won, with the latter now three points behind the West Midlands outfit and they have four games in hand.
Therefore, the scale of the task facing Bowyer was made clear again, and the former Charlton chief will recognise just how tough a job he has to keep Birmingham in the Championship.
The international break will give him time to properly assess the club he has inherited, and here we look at TWO concerns the new boss will surely have…
The mentality of the squad
As with most teams down the bottom, Bowyer has to be worried about the mentality of this group, and those concerns would’ve been evident on Saturday.
That’s because Blues didn’t actually play that badly against Watford, yet they still lost 3-0. They were indecisive at the back, made basic errors and didn’t take the chances that came their way, meaning it looks like they were hammered.
Bowyer needs to change that quickly. The team are in a fight to stay up, and they can’t be making silly mistakes and being so careless at both ends of the pitch. The standard was set against Reading, and Bowyer needs that for every game.
This is a team that has become used to losing games and dropping points for a long time now.
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The fixture list
Another worry has to be the fixture list.
The two games after returning are against Swansea and Brentford, two sides who have ambitions to finish in the top two. Play-off hopefuls Cardiff City also arrive at St. Andrew’s before the season finishes.
Then, there’s a huge clash against Rotherham, which could have a lot riding on it.
When you throw in games against Stoke, Derby, Nottingham Forest and Blackburn, it’s fair to say that Blues’ run-in could be a lot easier.
The new head coach will have it all to do to get the 10-12 points that may be needed to keep the team up.