The facts behind Birmingham City's second half woes

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Statistics show that Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett needs to improve his back-up plans to convert more draws into victories.

Birmingham City's recent form has seen them go unbeaten for four consecutive games and take eight points from a possible 12. However, it's not all sunshine at St Andrew's with the Blues struggling to make their superiority count in the second half.

In seven league games at home this year, Birmingham City have failed to score in the second half of the last six. Their last goal in the second half, where they traditionally shoot towards the home fans in the Tilton was on January 10th when Clayton Donaldson completed his hat-trick in the 64th minute in a 3-1 win over Wigan Athletic.

Of the 11 goals to be scored at St Andrew's in the league in 2015, eight of them have come in the first half. This contrasts with the six away games Birmingham City have played in the league which has seen 21 goals - and two thirds of those coming after half-time.

It's not hurt Birmingham City too much, as they have only dropped three points at home thanks to second half goals to away teams but equally they have struggled to build on first half displays, failing to turn any of the three games that they were drawing at half time into wins. Away from home it's been a different story, as typified at Derby recently where the Blues came back from losing 2-0 to score twice in additional time.

Part of this could be down to caution with the Blues employing a 4-2-3-1 formation which protects the centre-backs and often isolates the lone striker. However, there have been games when Birmingham City have chased points, such as at the weekend, putting two up front and it has not worked out once - demonstrating that when required to take the initiative they struggle massively.

As much as Gary Rowett has a consistent "Plan A" it now seems imperative for him to build on the successes of this season he needs to formulate a "Plan B" to use to break down a team at home to turn more draws into wins.

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