Last Updated: Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:14
Jonathan Spector admits he does not know the answer to Birmingham's struggles for consistency this season.
Blues failed to put together back-to-back wins over the first half of last season before eventually finishing mid-table in the Championship, with 15 wins, 15 defeats and 16 draws.
Crucially, that consistency has again been a missing ingredient this term as City struggle at the wrong end of the table.
The midlands outfit were aiming for a fourth successive home victory in all competitions against out-of-sorts Bolton last weekend but, frustratingly, fell to a 2-1 defeat at St Andrew's following defensive errors from key performers Dan Burn and Darren Randolph.
The versatile Spector said: "We've played really well at times but the consistency just hasn't quite been there, certainly results haven't been there as we'd like and it would have been nice to go into the international break with another win behind us.
"We have had a pretty good run of form of late but against Bolton we just didn't really get out of the traps and it cost us."
Asked how Blues gain consistency, Spector said: "I wish I knew the answer, it would solve all our problems.
"It's difficult, we're playing confidently, trying to pass the ball and play attractive football but sometimes it's just not going to happen.
"You're not always going to have your best game and hopefully you'll not have too many individuals not at their best on any given day because it's difficult to carry players in a division like this.
"Fortunately we haven't really had to do that at all this season but we did have two individual mistakes against Bolton from two of our more consistent players and it's just the way it is unfortunately."
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