Football FanCast columnist Steven Woodgate cannot understand why Birmingham are failing to hit the net, especially
with the wealth of striking talent at the club.
You would feel that if a manager had the striking talent of Kevin Phillips,
Cameron Jerome, James McFadden and Marcus Bent to his disposal he would not be
complaining about the lack of goals. Unfortunately, for Alex McLeish that is
At recent, goals have come too far and few between as leading goal scorer
Phillips is out injured. Phillips' replacements have not been reproducing the
heroics he supplies as all of them have had their fair share of criticism.
McLeish have had Jerome, Bent and new signing Carlos Costly in constant
rotation and it has not brought any desired response. Goals are still rare and
it doesn't look like it will get any better.
Birmingham have lost momentum in the deciding part of the season as they
could be easily be over taken by Reading
and Cardiff if they win all their games in hand as all of the Blues strikers
have admitted that they have missed absolute sitters, especially in games of
late. The defeat by 10 men Coventry was rather embarrassing regarding their
promotions credentials. It may be a sign of sheer frustration kicking in.
The Blues have such a good squad and McLeish have been duly adding to that,
Premiership quality is evident throughout the team and an immediate return to
the Promised land must be likely if they can start scoring goals again.
Across the midfield, there is so much quality that could provide much to a
fluttering attack. Seb Larsson is the best midfielder in the Championship and
added to that are the likes of on-loan signing Lee Bowyer and Lee Carsley; they
have a very talented team.
Everything is to play for in the last
third of the season and if Birmingham are going to maintain that second spot –
they have to be anything par ‘Bent'.