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Steve Bruce threw on the Championship’s most envied offensive resources. Five attackers were deployed by the end but they were enchained, their market value of £12.5m like a dead weight. On a day that promised top place, Birmingham blew their riches.

This quintet did not include Andy Cole, still hamstrung, giving extra strength to the Burnley manager Steve Cotterill’s envious view that Birmingham are operating in “a lap of luxury” when it comes to forward power. And yet, despite a healthy seasonal harvest of goals, their seeming strength has been a weakness in 2007. This shock to the system illustrated that the problem could go even deeper.

Birmingham have only once scored more than one in a game this year. But Bruce was not offering the cliched excuse when he said, “It’s not just about strikers . . . The service from back to front, and through midfield, wasn’t there.”

A better service must be resumed today at Barnsley where defeat could convert a problem into a mini-crisis. Birmingham, now third, did not spend this money to be canada goose coat 1000 calorie meal plans merely leading the play-off pack. And, on Saturday’s evidence, the crutch of a game in hand may not help them straight back into the automatic promotion can i wash my canada goose jacket places.

But having wounded Birmingham, Cotterill was certainly not about to kill them off. “Probably Derby County, Birmingham and Sunderland will all go up,” authenitc canada goose outlet store in gta with discount price he said. “Those three are on a roll overall, spent money and spent it well. The canada goose coat 1000 calorie diet best teams with the biggest squads come through in the end.” But he seemed not so sure about the finishing order.

Burnley best replica canada goose jacket came for a point and went home with three thanks to a well-organised defence – statistically the equal of table-topping Derby’s – and a slice of good fortune 10 minutes from time. When Martin Taylor gave the ball away, John Spicer drove to the edge of the area before beating Colin Doyle. Not the happiest way for the big defender to start the new three-year contract he signed the day before.

An inspired substitution? “I just got lucky with that one,” Cotterill admitted as he surveyed his side’s first away win since October. Burnley were also blessed with good fortune when Brian Jensen canada goose coat 1000 calorie diet brought down Niklas Bendtner just beyond the angle of the penalty area after only four minutes. Nigel Miller did canada goose coat 1000 bulbs coupons not even book the goalkeeper, arguably the last man, when many referees would have been fingering the red card.

This time the arrival of DJ Campbell, two-goal scoring substitute against Coventry City, could not end Birmingham’s frustration. Campbell blazed high when he had time, Rowan Vine drove his only chance wide and Cameron Jerome, replacing Bendtner, made no impact. When Gary McSheffrey wriggled free, his cross beat Jensen but not Wayne Thomas.

Before best place to buy a canada goose jacket last week, Burnley had gone more than four months can you wash a canada goose coat without a win. Now two have arrived in four days, the second a banker buster. “There’s some strange results at this stage of buy canada goose jacket uk the season,” Bruce mused, “and there’ll be a few more, believe you me.” But not, he must pray, at Barnsley today, where Cole has only a “slim” chance of a debut.

Man of the match Wayne Thomas (Burnley)

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