A meeting of two underachievers, especially given Blues have an uninspiring home record, ended predictably. Obviously, it was appreciated that the players thanked the fans following the conclusion of the match. This whilst the fans thanked their lucky stars that Blues didn’t follow the black and gold into the Dingle-y hell that will be League One.
Lee Clark’s pre-match boast that Blues might field their youngest ever side never came to fruition. Disappointingly, with the game finely poised at 1 -1, Clark decided not to gamble apart from bringing on Callum Reilly who performed excellently.
It was a good crowd. A crowd in good humour in fact, with Blackburn bringing a very creditable away following which only further added to the atmosphere. Blues probably deserved all three points and started off well possession wise, although they rarely threatened Grzegorz Sandomierski in the Blackburn goal. In fact, Blackburn nearly scored on the break but were foiled thanks to Jack Butland. It’s a shame Jack’s leg action isn’t as good as his arm action as he was kicking like a three legged donkey; something that he will have to rectify if he is to remain in Roy Hodgson’s future England plans.
Defensively Blues looked sound, with Shane Ferguson slotting in effortlessly at left back to pair the impressive Paul Caddis. Paul Robinson was his usual belligerent self alongside the commanding figure of Curtis Davies in the centre of defence. In midfield, Morgaro Gomis defied his critics with an energetic display, hovering up any loose balls alongside Wade Elliott and Ravel Morrison, who both played the creative role despite being a mite wasteful on occasions. On the flanks, Nathan Redmond showed persistence after a patchy start whilst Chris Burke was showing signs of the Hughton era Burke of old.
Nikola Zigic was decent up front, but neither was he memorable as Blues started to break Blackburn down topped by a moment of Ravel Morrison magic as he ghosted effortlessly past a handful of Blackburn defenders, pulling the trigger and firing the ball home into the corner of the net. The question is, why doesn’t he pull the trigger more often?
Predictably, Blues failed to keep a clean sheet as Jordan Rhodes illustrated his goal prowess with an opportunist finish to make it a slightly undeserved honours-even at St. Andrews.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
– If Blues come into money following a takeover, would you re-sign Roger Johnson?
– Who would be on your list of retained players?
– Who would you have on loan between Ravel Morrison and Shane Ferguson if you had to choose?
Vice Chairman, Blues Trust