Few could see defeat on the horizon for Birmingham City last night.
Bolton had won just one Championship match since September, whilst the Blues were in the play-off hunt.
Che Adams needed a goal to equal Trevor Francis’ scoring record and it all seemed to point to another night of success at St Andrew’s.
The visitors were surely nothing more than cannon fodder, a bit part player in the main event.
Instead, they shocked the Championship with a vital 1-0 win, sparking hopes of a survival charge.
They’re now just two points from safety, whilst the Blues missed a chance to narrow the gap on Middlesbrough to two points.
The game turned in the 71st minute with a Callum Connolly goal that rocked Birmingham’s resolve. They couldn’t fight back from that and their unlikely Premier League aspirations took a severe hit because of it.
There was plenty to rue last night, here’s three things we think they’ll be focusing on when they’re back on the training pitch today.
Set Piece Defending
Garry Monk said after the game he could only see Bolton scoring one way; via a set piece. Lo and behold, that’s exactly what they did.
If Birmingham knew the threat, why was it still so straight forward? They looked weak in the second half against QPR too and you have to wonder if the long season is finally taking a toll on the defence.
David Davis is back
We learned that the 27-year-old is back on the grass, something positive to take from the defeat.
He’s been out since the end of last season and hasn’t kicked a ball in anger this time out. Him coming back will be like a new signing and when you consider they’ve not been able to deal in the market, that could be huge.
Jota had an effort tipped onto the post, but his involvement was minimal last night. He’s a talented player, but there’s a feeling that perhaps they’re still not getting the most out of him.
They couldn’t rely on Che Adams every game and when the 22-year-old has an off game, the forward line looks weak.