Birmingham City were soundly beaten by Huddersfield Town at St Andrew’s on Wednesday evening.
A first half goal from Karlan Grant and strikes in the second period from Frazier Campbell and Elias Kachunga were more than enough to down a listless home team.
Here’s what stood out on a worrying evening.
Poor Scott Hogan has touched the ball just 28 times in the two home matches with the Terriers and Tigers – fewer than the 30 he managed in a single game at West Brom.
He has had one shot in two matches – and none on target – and has rarely strayed from the periphery of the proceedings.
He and Jutkiewicz just haven’t been able to find each other with anything like the same regularity as before lockdown and as a result Blues have been blunt up top, reliant on thrusts from midfield rather than the potent partnership that looked so devastating before March.
It is obvious that Blues need Hogan next season but they also need to find a way of tapping into his skillset because merely having him on the pitch isn’t going to guarantee anything.
It would be interesting to see him play at the top of a 4-2-3-1 with wingers and a No. 10 dedicated to providing him with ammunition. In some ways that might suit the options Pep Clotet has available to him.
It must have been hard for the youngsters left kicking their heels on Birmingham City’s bench rather than opponents on the field of play last night.
As soon as Blues went 3-0 down it seemed pretty obvious they would not be getting back into the game, indeed they never looked like scoring the goal that might change the momentum.
It was therefore a decent opportunity to see some of the academy prospects in the squad and how they fared at Championship level.
Clotet said he felt he had his most attacking options on the field and that making a change would not have made the side more offensive.
That’s a fair point – and possibly one he wants to make the board who decided not to allow him the use of Jacques Maghoma and Kerim Mrabti.
If that’s the case then it’s unfortunate that the likes of Caolan Boyd-Munce, Jayden Reid and Ryan Stirk were caught in the crossfire.
If not, it’s important to recognise the chances to give them a chance are running out.
Lee Camp has conceded six goals in two games – and none of them have been his fault. Indeed the 35-year-old could be forgiven for feeling short-changed by his displays.
He was good against West Brom, solid enough against Hull and very good last night, in fact without him the scoreline might even have been more lopsided.
Not only did he save Karlan Grant’s second penalty, he won the battle of wits when Alex Pritchard was one-on-one on two occasions.
Camp’s future is not clear, his contract is up at the end of the extended season – but he’s actually playing as well as he ever has done for Blues.
Which isn’t saying he’s the answer next season – but is saying he could well bring value to the goalkeeping department, providing he’s not seeking No.1 type money.
Having struggled against the strugglers there doesn’t seen much hope going to the hopefuls. Or so it seems.
In actual fact Blues are probably better suited to sitting in and defending against a team like Fulham than they are trying to set the tempo against the likes of Huddersfield and Hull.
Their best performance since the restart came when they suffocated the life out of West Brom at The Hawthorns last Saturday week.
Blues didn’t create much but their defensive discipline and shape was excellent – so much better than when they had to try to balance attack and defence against Hull and Huddersfield.
There’ll be long periods without the ball at Craven Cottage – and that might be closer to Blues’ comfort zone.