Resilience And Creativity

14 Feb 2023 | 7 comments

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When the final whistle blew last Friday night resulting in a wonderful 2-0 win against West Bromwich Albion, peace and calm triumphed on the pitch. As one supporter said to me afterwards, “I cannot remember Blues controlling a game from minute one for a long time, and what’s more feeling relaxed watching them”. Exactly so.

Swansea was a tough ask in itself, but playing local rivals can be even bigger. But John Eustace once again held his nerve. As I write we are in a decent place, with the togetherness and confidence once again evident within the group of players that JE continues to trust. Not easy to remain confident with belief when five straight defeats hit you between the eyes. But these last two games certainly showed character.

In my opinion, what also stands out is the sheer resilience by the group of players, and the manager, in how to deal with setbacks or challenges. That shows a positive mindset. Also, it must be noted that individual creativity has been very much highlighted by these two notable victories. Particularly so with Hannibal Mejbri, with a touch of class scoring from his free kick. Not expected from anyone but himself.

We all love individual flare and creativity at St. Andrew’s, but sometimes we have to wait a long time for such a happening. Against Albion we had the Hannibal moment and we now would like more. Perhaps from Chong, Hall or maybe Bacuna. As Einstein once said, “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on”. Let us hope so.

Mitchell Bray


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  1. Peter Bates

    I must admit as pleased as I was at Swansea with the result ,I did think the result glossed over a poor performance especially first half ,and I must admit I was apprehensive about the Albion game ,but I must say fair play to John Eustace he galvanized the players to a really good performance against west Brom .and we dominated a side who were on a decent run ,but the thing that got me was the huddle at the end it showed a togetherness that I haven’t seen for a long time and it showed the players are behind the manager and they deserve credit for that. kro

  2. Smithy

    Einstein and Hannibal! ..that’ll do me!

    • Tracey Tyler

      I think we can finish Top Ten easy this season but the only downside for me is that come end of season we will probably be in the same place as previous ones.l cannot visualise the loan players being with us next season unless we buy one which is doubtful so we have to go through getting the right loaners in and hoping they fit the template we want.Also the Vultures will be eyeing up Hall,James and others and that together with some of the high earners leaving will probably leave us thin again squad wise.Its a pity because we do have a strong team spirit at the moment so l will do is enjoy what we have now.

      • Mitchell

        Exactly my thoughts Tracey. However a top ten or even finishing 8th might just be the appetite needed for some forward thinking investor(s) to take a chance. We have to better ourselves first to make us attractive starting tonight against Cardiff. Keep winning and buyers will catch on-that’s my theory.

  3. Stan Moye

    It’s perfectly feasible that some of the loan players might return to their parent clubs. But based on the commitment, desire and passion, particularly over the last few games, l’m all fore enjoying them while we can. Like most clubs l can see us trying to trim our wage bill, the days of 20k plus weekly salaries are long gone. But the fact that we now have a new recruitment team in place, gives me optimism that there might be some money to spend. Craig Gardener has done an excellent job finding some of these hidden gems, and John Eustace and his team have been exceptional in building the family team spirit.KRO

  4. Ed Truman

    What a shocker last night. A crushing disappointment after the false dawn of Friday’s result against the Baggies. But a salutary reminder that things are NOT getting better. Nor will they until there is organisational change at the club. If you have not yet signed the petition calling for the owners to sell the club, then I would urge you to do so. And if you have, encourage as many other people as you can to do the same. Blues supporters deserve better than what is currently being offered.

    • Sausage n Egg

      Rally poor showing from us on Tues….no idea why? they have shown they can play ..So why do we get served up with that one came out of that with even an average performance, no one deserved wages for that and yet again fans moral high ground over owner issues is overshadowed by a pillock with a big gob

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