Birmingham City fell to a disappointing 4-0 defeat to relegation-threatened rivals Derby County on Tuesday evening at St. Andrew’s.
The Blues fell behind after 15 minutes when Krystian Bielik opened the scoring, before Graeme Shinne doubled that lead from the penalty spot, after Harlee Dean brought down Louie Sibley in the penalty area.
Colin Kazim-Richards then fired home from close-range to see the Rams head into the break three goals ahead. Derby youngster Jason Knight then wrapped up the win with their fourth of the match, with 13 minutes remaining of the contest.
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Birmingham goalkeeper Neil Etheridge will certainly feel as though he could have dealt better with Derby’s opener on the day, as he spilt the ball from a routine cross, which gifted them the first goal of the match.
Etheridge has been a regular for Aitor Karanka’s side, but has made some costly errors in recent weeks, despite putting in some strong performances for the Blues.
Plenty of Birmingham City supporters took to social media to issue their thoughts on Etheridge’s performance on the night against the Rams.
Take a look at the best of the reaction from Twitter below….
— Alex Hands (@alexhands07) December 29, 2020
I’d drop Etheridge next game a mistakes a mistake it needs punishing. Peds never to play again, Dean to go in Jan, have a serious plan to score 2+ every game instead of trying not to concede. If we don’t sign a striker in January then I think that’s it for me we’re down. #BCFC
— IDrabs (@drabs_i) December 30, 2020
We are seeing Etheridge making way too many mistakes now week in week out. He needs to be dropped and rested. #BCFC
— J. Heron (@johnh1509) December 29, 2020
For all his wonderful shot stopping, that’s at least three – Wycombe, Middlesbrough, today – that Etheridge has virtually thrown into his own net this season. #bcfc
— Adrian Robson (@gleghorn) December 29, 2020
Fans love Etheridge but I’d say he’s cost us more goals than Camp… and that’s saying something #bcfc
— Lee Bird (@LeeBird1978) December 29, 2020
Absolutely garbage no fight no desire and confidence was totally shot when Etheridge made that error you could see straight away their heads dropped #bcfc
— Jon Merrell (@IMRMEZZI) December 29, 2020
Now we know why etheridge was surplus to requirements at cardiff 😞 #bcfc
— Jtbcfc (@jtbcfc1988) December 29, 2020
I’d be more than happy for Dean to go in Jan. I don’t get the silly errors from Etheridge. He’s too good for these errors to make sense. #bcfc
— M Brennan 🏐 (@MattyBrennan) December 29, 2020
Really poor from Etheridge for the first goal and a silly penalty to concede for the second. Shambles. #BCFC
— BCFCKRO (@BCFCKRO_) December 29, 2020
You can forgive Etheridge for a mistake, it's football it happens but you can't forgive Dean for that, it's stupid and makes this a huge task #bcfc
— Gaz Matthews (@garethmatthews2) December 29, 2020
Neil etheridge gone from prime Cech to Lee camp in two weeks
— Jack Duffy (@JackDufffy) December 29, 2020
etheridge out. sell hin.
— machine gun kelly (@txmpted) December 29, 2020