Birmingham City continued their positive start to life under Pep Clotet as they drew 1-1 with Bristol City on Saturday to make it four points from six.
The Spaniard, who worked as an assistant to Garry Monk, took over in the summer and has had to deal with the loss of club captain Michael Morrison and top scorer Che Adams.
And, whilst they picked up a crucial win on the opening day against Brentford, the reality is that they were dominated for large parts and won with their only effort of the game.
So, fans were intrigued by what the game against the Robins would bring and it’s fair to say they will have left feeling optimistic, even though Tommy Rowe prevented back-to-back wins with a late equaliser.
Here we look at THREE things we learnt about Blues from the game…
The new signings can make a big impact
The undoubted positives for Blues was the performances from Fran Villalba and Dan Crowley.
The new recruit from Valencia is a real classy player and even though he started on the left, he showed clever movement to come inside and was a threat every time he had the ball.
His link-up with Crowley was clear to see and the duo look as though they could develop a good understanding in the coming months.
As well as that, Ivan Sunjic was physically capable of coping with the Championship, smart with how he positioned himself and tidy in possession.
Clotet is trying to change the style of play
We often hear about a new manager promising a new style of play that the fans will love but sometimes they don’t deliver.
However, the signs are there that Clotet is working on his promises. The new signings are all brought in to play for a technical side and there was neat build-up play at times.
Even though Lukas Jutkiewicz is excellent in the air, Blues avoided the temptation to just lump it up and they played off him pretty well throughout.
Patience is needed
Despite the encouraging signs, there’s still a lot of work to do for Clotet.
He is still tinkering in terms of the formation and it is worth pointing out that Bristol City probably should have won the game in terms of chances created.
But, that’s to be expected. Clotet will have a long-term plan in mind at St. Andrew’s and the fans need to give him time.