It was a frustrating night for Birmingham on Tuesday, as they slipped to a second-straight defeat with a 1-0 loss to Norwich at Carrow Road.
In a game which the hosts dominated, it took a Mario Vrancic goal three minutes from time – and little more than 60 seconds after Birmingham had seen Adam Clayton sent off – to seal all three points for the hosts.
But as disappointing as the result was, the performance of Karnka’s side will be just as much of a concern, something perhaps best epitomised by Scott Hogan.
Playing in a lone striker role, Hogan cut an isolated figure for large portions of the game, something backed up by the fact that, according to WhoScored, Hogan touched the ball just 18 times across the course of the 90 minutes, in comparison to Birmingham substitute Jeremie Bela, who got a touch on the ball 20 times after coming on in the 54th minute.
That is something that did not go unnoticed by a number of Birmingham fans, with plenty keen to discuss the struggles and performance of Hogan as they took to Twitter to react to this defeat.
Here, we take a look at what some of them had to say.
Hogan was useless Leko has a serious attitude problem there’s so much more to be done we defend well but offer nothing going forward. Really does look like another relegation battle this season.
— Sam Morris (@sammy_morris1) October 20, 2020
Hogan on his own doesn’t work, totally isolated meaning he dropped deep to finally touch the ball, leading to the mistake. Saturday we need to have Crowley or Toral as a number 10 playing off Hogan, then Leko/Bela and Sanchez on the wings. Colin MOTM for me.
— DJ Chubby Bubble (@djchubbybubble) October 20, 2020
Hogan can’t be starting next game
— Kian Lennon (@lennonkian_) October 20, 2020
Back 5 will sleep well tonight, that was hard work watching that. Can't see where the goals are gonna come from, certainly isn't Hogan up top on his own.
— Matt Jones (@Matt__Jones___) October 20, 2020
3 goals in 7 games, as much as ppl will have a go @Hogan, no Birmingham player was within 40 yards of him all game.
— Spencer Clark (@zuffy1975) October 20, 2020
Line up was a shambles to start with, starting Hogan up top on his own baffles me, benching Bela even more. Shambles
— James Gardner (@jamesbcfc7) October 20, 2020
Only one team deserved to win that game. Second half was just like last season. Does Hogan come with a 30 day money back guarantee.
— David Wetherall (@DavidWetherall1) October 20, 2020
sell hogan now and get anyone even if it’s adan george at least he’ll RUN
— bcfc charlie (@CharlieJamesAnt) October 20, 2020