Birmingham City dominated the first-half of Tuesday night’s Championship class against Sheffield Wednesday, but a poor second 45-minute spell saw the Blues succumb to their first home league defeat of the season.
Goals through striker Stevie May in the 67th-minute and Frenchman Jeremy Helan one minute before the end leave Steve Clark’s side in 20th-place in the table on six points from their seven matches, and the manager was at a loss to explain the erratic performance.
‘Real Jekyll and Hyde,’ he told the Birmingham Mail. ‘First-half we should have gone in at least 1-0 up, second-half we stopped doing all the good things we did in the first-half.
‘Yes, we understand that Sheffield Wednesday were going to come more into the game, but they more or less dominated the half.
‘With the exception of the sidefoot volley the number nine has put just past the post for them, we were in control of the first-half, but you can’t be doing that first-half and be so different second-half.
‘We stopped doing everything that we had been doing well.’
Fans were none too pleased at their team’s collapse either, with few standout performers in the lineup, and the reaction shows that must believe the former Huddersfield Town boss's time should be up.
just got back can't justify all this travelling to watch a team who basically don't know how to win or score in games Clark must go now— Gary Williams (@BlueNoseGaz) September 16, 2014
Not one player excites me in that team. What I'd give for someone like Zigic to change a game, bring some excitement back #bcfc— Josh MacDonald (@joshmac90) September 16, 2014
Sat play the kids- Arthur Gray Hancox Reilly etc who love blues and have no fear give em chance can't be no worse oh and Caddis RB please !— andrew austin (@blueandyaustin) September 16, 2014
I mean during these Clark years and restraints at least we could play players in right pos ? What's happened to hancox Reilly -all kids etc?— andrew austin (@blueandyaustin) September 16, 2014
Promising first half. Too many anonymous players second half and we paid for it. Need to bounce back against Norwich #bcfc— Neil Clews (@bluenoseneil) September 16, 2014
Clark has to step down now (he won't) but he should - sick of this out of position crap - kro noses (take the owners with u lee ! )— andrew austin (@blueandyaustin) September 16, 2014
It's almost laughable what's happening to #bcfc. The sickening, not quite believing, laugh so you don't cry, type of laughable.— Charlotte Parker (@_Charl_Parker) September 16, 2014
Only positive from tonight pubs around blues see higher sales after the game as blues fans drown there sorrows doh— kevin (@telfordblues) September 16, 2014
Nobody to make a decision at #bcfc total lack of Football Experience above Lee Clark.. And the death by a thousand cuts continues— David Farrell (@B25dave) September 16, 2014
Is there any #BCFC fan left who can defend Lee Clark, and actually wants him as the manager of our club?— Adam Hennessey (@9_Hendo) September 16, 2014
Clark out!!— Aidan Peaty (@PeatyBcfc) September 16, 2014