Could it be that Haydn Mullins and Darren Ambrose to lead us into the play offs? Well, bearing in mind Lee Clark’s ‘shock’ renaissance, who really knows?
In fact, Blues had a fairly poor previous track record at Palace and usually football ley lines rule. However, it was only recently that Blues had broken a jinx down by the Riverside – and soon proved we were at it again ‘darn sarf’.
We named quite an attacking side despite only fielding one forward and, to be honest, looked comfortable for most of the game. Both full backs had boundless energy complemented by Curtis Davies who was once again outstanding in the centre of defence, partnered by the ‘old head’ Paul Robinson who was excellent with his ‘never say die’ attitude, tackling and all round defensive work.
Up top, Nathan Redmond’s opening goal was a wonderful piece of skill as he danced across the box to finish in classy fashion with his weaker left foot. Combined pressure from Curtis Davies and Nikola Zigic subsequently led to goal number two and, apart from the now customary one brilliant save from Jack Butland at the other end, Blues looked incredibly comfortable against a side vying for automatic promotion.
After a slightly uncomfortable first ten minutes following the restart, it was Blues who again began to motor, with Ravel Morrison coolly netting following a fine run by the superb Mitch Hancox; proving again that there is nothing better than home-grown talent. As for the fourth and best goal of the evening, the ever-impressive Shane Ferguson – on loan from Newcastle United – then capped it all with a wonderfully flighted freekick; a left footed strike a certain Martin Grainger would have once been proud of. Remember that goal at Fulham?
At last, it’s certainly looking better for Blues at present. What’s more, if we can keep the likes of Ferguson on loan for the remainder of the season to add to our growing reservoir of home grown talent, then we may just start to look like a play-off prospect for next season.
I think that we can now be officially categorised as ‘safe’ from relegation woes and, whatever the result against the Wolves, it will certainly be nice to don the pipe and slippers!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
– Given our recent success, would you give Lee Clark another season?
– Would you find a place in the team for Chris Burke when he’s fit?
– Now we’re safe, would you give Koby Arthur a run in the squad?
Vice Chairman, Blues Trust