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WHAT WE LEARNED.

Brian Dick assesses the defeat to Norwich ? Goals don't just change games, they change perceptions Blues were relatively comfortable for the first halfhour - without opening up Norwich and only really forcing one decent save out of Angus Gunn.

However, as soon as they went a goal down that relatively stable start went out of the window and they looked shell-shocked.

? Smart Alex If going behind didn't smart enough, the fact Alex Pritchard was the scorer stuck in the craw even more.

In the build-up, the 24-year-old milked Cheikh Ndoye's foul, shaking his head and remaining down for what seemed an age.

Then as soon as James Maddison slipped a pass down the side of the defence, a rejuvenated Pritchard was on to it in a flash.

? Sam Gallagher's absence hurt Blues badly Blues have precious few players who are in any kind of form but Gallagher's looks like it's moving in the right direction.

Lukas Jutkiewicz tried his utmost to lead the line but, without any service, it's difficult to see him doing it on his own.

? The cavalry may not be coming too soon The opening of the transfer window could offer goalscoring salvation if a striker can be found.

However, Steve Cotterill insists January is a very difficult time to recruit: "I don't think many things will happen until the last week when a lot of Premier League clubs do their business and then it filters down into the Championship."

? Hope remains Blues are one win away from leaping out of the relegation zone.

While that remains the case, there is reason to believe the worst-case scenario can be averted.

However, that's only if they can somehow extricate themselves from the ruinous cycle of not scoring goalslosing confidence-not scoring goals.

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