Gary Rowett’s team have conceded five times this season through individual errors, and most recently against Brighton and Ipswich, with the Birmingham manager conceding Ipswich didn’t have to be at their best to score four goals on Tuesday night.
“In the first half we have had two or three excellent opportunities, they have had a couple of opportunities and then the difference is a set-piece which we don’t deal with,” Rowett told the gathered press including the Birmingham Mail after the game.
“But at the moment we just seem to be making mistakes for goals at the wrong times.
“As good a side as Ipswich are I don’t think they’ve had to work hard for any of the four goals, we have made mistakes and we have defended poorly.
“Just as it looks as though we might get back into it in the end and make the last ten minutes interesting we concede again at the wrong time.”
The Birmingham boss is right to be frustrated with his team who now sit eight points from the relegation places after losing two in-a-row, and are without a win since January 10th.
|Goals Conceded||Error Lead To Goal|
|Birmingham vs Bournemouth||8||1|
|Brighton vs Birmingham||4||1|
|Ipswich vs Birmingham||4||1|
|Blackpool vs Birmingham||1||1|
|Brentford vs Birmingham||1||1|
Poor defending played a part in both of Freddie Sears’ goals and featured heavily for Kevin Bru’s and Tyrone Mings’ free header from a corner.
Although they were punished for bad defending, the Birmingham attack looked threatening on occasions through Clayton Donaldson, although his most dangerous shot was well saved by Bartosz Bialkowski.
The return of David Davis, who scored both Birmingham goals, will be a boost to Rowett, as will the fact his team have scored five goals in two away games, meaning that a less error-prone display could likely see them end their nine game winless run in all competitions.
With another difficult game at home to promotion-chasing Brentford on Saturday, Birmingham’s back line will have to put in a much improved display if they are to stop a team that has scored seven goals in their last two games.