Birmingham City manager Lee Bowyer has underlined his frustration with the Blues’ attacking players for missing some clear-cut chances of late including in their defeat at QPR on Tuesday.
After a strong start to the season in the Championship, Birmingham have now see their form tail off somewhat over the course of September.
The 2-0 defeat at QPR on Tuesday night means that the Blues have now lost three of their last four matches in the Championship and picked up just one point from a possible 12.
That has seen the Blues drop down to 13th place in the table. The frustration will be that Birmingham have not played that badly in their last two matches against QPR and Preston.
However, a failure to take chances in the final third has cost them and meant they picked up just a point from those games.
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Against QPR, Tahith Chong was guilty of missing a major chance for the Blues when he could only put the ball straight at Seny Dieng with his diving header from close range.
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Speaking to Birmingham Live following the Blues’ defeat at QPR, Bowyer suggested that he is concerned that his side are not taking some of the golden chances that they are managing to create in the final third.
While he also suggested that taking such chances is the difference between being in the top six and falling just short.
He said: “It concerns me because everything that we work on, that stats is not good enough, we work hard at finishing, we get them to do the right things, to have one on target.
“I keep telling them to do the right things but that’s been our problem so far, if we had taken the chances, like Chong’s chance tonight and we have had two or three of them on Saturday – I can name four other games we have had chances like that but not taken.
“If we had taken chances we would be in the same position as QPR in the top six. But we haven’t.
“But as a group, from when I walked through the door, they have come a long way and they are improving. I won’t deny that.
“I will defend them, they are trying to do the right things but at times we are just falling a little bit short. Tonight was one of those times.”
You have to agree with Bowyer’s frustration here really because the Blues did not produce a bad performance in general in their defeat at QPR on Tuesday.
In fact, Birmingham actually had more efforts on goal than the hosts, but they were not able to muster many efforts on target compared with their opponents.
Often as Bowyer alludes to there is not much difference between a side that makes it into the top-six places and one that finishes just outside the play-offs. However, the one major factor that ultimately settles that is the quality of finishing of the two sides.
The Blues have players like Troy Deeney and Lukas Jutkiewicz who have proven that they can score goals in the Championship, while the likes of Chong, Jeremie Bela and Scott Higan all have the ability to add goals to the side when they are on form.
Birmingham though need to start seeing that from them on a more consistent basis if they are going to be able to get their form back on track.