Rotherham’s backline included former blues player Wes Harding, who traveled back to St. Andrews Trillion Trophy Stadium to face his former club.
The game was truly a tale of two half’s, as the blues really only began to make an impact in the second half. A player at the heart of both goals for and against the blues was Jeremie Bela.
Unfortunately committing a foul within Etheridge’s box and subsequently converting a penalty at the opposite end after a foul on Jon Toral.
Karanka had in all fairness highlighted the challenge of Rotherham United and stated that must not be overlooked.
Although Karanka’s comments were not displaced his tactical expertise enabled his decision to opt for a 4 4 2 formation to draw forth a different side of the blues squad.
Karanka’s selection and formation overall, on match day did not provide the result he had intended but it did allow Scott Hogan and Lukas Jutkiewicz to reignite their frontman partnership.
Jeremie Bela has provided the clinical edge so far this season with two goals in three league matches. Once again, the issues and dilemma of blues attacking options in terms of strikers and more importantly goals is the pressing matter.
Granted Karanka’s squad still needs time to gel and we are yet to see new signing Jonathan Leko feature, as he returns from injury after his transfer from West Brom, which will surely bolster the attacking line and wider options.
A rigid, organised and hardworking ethic has been instilled in the squad, which is visible in terms of their pressing and commitment to challenge when not on the ball.
The recent arrival of Mikel San Jose from Athletic Bilbao should provided another leadership figure, who identifies with the vision and cohesion that Karanka is seeking to cultivate within a competitive team.
San Jose has the ability, experience and talent to become an instrumental player within the squad.
Against Brentford and Swansea the blues did not achieve a high number of passes in comparison to the opposition.
However in the game against Rotherham United the blues dominated in terms of possession, shots and challenges, which is indicative of the ethos and work ethic cultivated by. Karanka.
Three matches into the league and Birmingham City FC are on 5 points and 7th in the league, as they head to Stoke next Sunday, who obtained their first league win after a victory over Preston North End.
Stoke’s win against Preston is not their first victory this season, as they beat Wolves and Gillingham in the cup. Aston Villa face Stoke on Thursday the 1st of October leaving the Stoke squad two days to prepare ahead of their match against the blues of Birmingham.
Karanka has some additional time to prepare and concentrate on the challenge at hand next weekend, whilst potentially considering if another option upfront might come from the transfer/ loan market or maybe an opportunity for Odin Bailey or Adan George to make a case for breaking into the first team squad.
Nonetheless the opportunity for a strong run in the league and an industrious performance week in and week out is a great improvement on the last few seasons, some might say a foundation to build on.
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Karanka’s blues attained their second draw of the season, as they showed a lacklustre performance in the first half against a tenacious Rotherham United team in a 1-1 draw.
Birmingham City FC exited the Carabao Cup, at the hands of League 2 side Cambridge United after enduring a 1-0 loss. The doom and gloom of last season briefly dissipated after several summer signings and securing Aitor Karanka, as the new manager to guide the blues. Incase you missed our last article – click this […]
Birmingham City FC’s first fixture of the new season will be held at St.Andrews Trillion Trophy Stadium, (SATTS) where they are set to face league two outfit Cambridge United in the Carabao Cup. Off the field, the blues underwent massive change in terms of a management revival and a reshuffling of the squad. Academy players […]