Part 3 – Goodbye Pep

The season is in full swing after my first 4 games of the Season. As before, I’m not really sure what my expectations are of the season. I’d love to get promoted, but with next to no transfer funds and having to sell my best striker in Che Adams, it would be difficult to achieve that. However, we plod on and see what the season brings.

My first match was against Bolton, away. Although Bolton are struggling in real life, I thought that this was a tough away game and that I would be lucky to get anything from the game.

This was a game that we really should of won. 19 shots, 10 on target and at one point, it looked like Bolton were going to walk away with the win. However, Jota was on fine form this match, making sure that we walked away with a deserved point that should of been two more.

I was really happy with the performance, if not the result itself. We were dominant from start to finish, but I really needed the Juke to start scoring a little more regularly. He is my current best striker as Vassell is currently injured and Crouch isn’t setting the world alight with his performances off the bench. I’m already regretting the signing and potentially might look to get rid in January if he doesn’t improve.

Nottingham Forest were next, another very tough away day for Blues. With their attacking talent, I wasn’t sure what would happen in this one.

In all honesty, it was a poor performance from Blues here. One positive would be the Juke, it was nice to see him back on the score sheet once again, but all in all, this was a game that I wanted to forget about quickly. Grabban also only got his first goal of the season in this, but it still made me wish that he was part of my side.

Away from the league, it was back to the Carabao Cup, away at Stevenage. Again, this wasn’t something that I was paying too much attention to. 6 or 7 changes to the side still resulted in a nice 3-1 win. Craig Gardner and a Solomon-Otabor brace took us through to the third round. Who against? None other than an away trip to Chelsea!

I noticed that the Loan window was due to be shutting at the end of August so I made a swoop for a winger that was very versatile and valued at £3.1 million, would add much needed strength to my flanks. However, his injured for 3 weeks so it won’t be right away that we see the impact he can make. Please welcome…..

After the Forest result, I was eager to get back to the league now and back at St Andrews came Queens Park Rangers. This was a game that although QPR were doing quite well in the league, I wanted to win in order to make sure that my season wasn’t going down hill quite so quickly.

I thought after Viv’s performance in the cup games, there was a deserved spot in the starting line-up and he didn’t disappoint. Kristian Perdersen was absolutely immense in this game, also getting himself a very nice goal in the process, whilst Jota also continued his run of good form by getting on the score sheet once again. This was a very controlled performance by blues and one that ended a couple of bad results.

You may have read the title for Part 3 and wondered what I mean by Goodbye Pep. Having thought about it, I went with the decision to replace Pep (Sorry Pep!) with a person that I think could do an even better job in the Assistant Manager role. He may have struggled at Valencia but…..

I was happy to bring Gary Neville to the club, I think that he will help us massively going forward. I know Pep will land on his feet somewhere down the line!

Local Derby time! West Brom come to town and it was them who were the first of our local rivals to visit St Andrews. It’s no doubt that they have one of the strongest squads in the Championship, being one of the favourites to go up this season. We would have to play really well to get a positive result in this one

Even though West Brom signed Che Adams from me, I was really surprised that he was only on the bench. Even though we beat Norwich 7-2 in the first game of the season, this was the result that satisfied me the most. It wasn’t a brilliant performance, West Brom had a lot more shots but we were clinical. Craig Gardner was back to how we was years ago with two absolutely fantastic goals, with a long range Craigy specialty included. The Juke also got a goal which was pleasing to see. I do really need to prioritise signing a striker though in January.

My last match of this particular part was against Sheffield United away. I have been poor away from home so I really needed to get a positive result away. I’m not sure if it has been my tactics that I need to set up differently or the team is just more motivated at home.

What was disappointing was the fact that we played better in this away game and even went 1-0 up. Oakley-booth was a highlight of that game for me, he played quite well and topped it off with a goal. He is still only young but I do think he’ll be amazing in the next year or so.

To be 11th after 8 games for me is still a solid start. We’re only 3 points off play offs and have a healthy goal difference. I also managed to sign 2 new coaches which I’ll confirm the names of next week. In the meantime, let me know if you have any tips for away game tactics or players you think should be starting in the comments section below!

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