Andy Munro watches Blues beat Wolves.
Oh me of little faith, as before this match I was less than optimistic against a seemingly powerful and quick Wolves side on an upward curve. Certainly, Wolves recent ability to outpace and overpower sides looked ominous for a Blues defence who have started to leak goals again almost to Lee Clark proportions. Wolves, as usual, brought a good following which bolstered what was a disappointing attendance of Blues but the atmosphere by both sets of fans set the tone for a rumbustious affair.
Early on, uncompromising defences were on top and Blues recorded the first shot before Wolves replied which unfortunately heralded a goal. This was a result of Dicko showing more appetite and determination than the disappointing Blues defence to lay on an easy chance that was gleefully gobbled up by fellow Wolf Afobe. Luckily Blues were soon on level terms following a game of pinball in the Wolves area when Blues had to score twice thanks to the absence of goal line technology.
Blues certainly deserved to be on level terms with, despite their one aberration, a solid defence led by Morrison and Kiernan coping fairly easily with Wolves supposedly rampant attack. In front of them Tesche gave a masterly display whilst Fabbrini grew into the game to become a major influence as Wolves struggled to contain him.
In the second half, after a brief Wolves hurrah, Blues assumed control of proceedings and it was no surprise when Demi Gray gave them the lead, running almost the full length of the pitch before slotting home. Excellent though that goal was in execution, the star of the whole display was the unselfish performance of the hardworking Donaldson who never gave the Wolves defence a moment’s piece despite being battered from pillar to post.
A decent couple of displays in the closing matches should see us into the giddy heights of the top half of the table and some reason for optimism next season, takeover or not.
Incidentally, on the Robbo debate, he has been a massive asset to Blues and can remain so albeit on the fringes. It’s down to the manager to use him sensibly using a horses for courses mentality, and matches against pacey sides like Bournemouth and Wolves certainly aren’t a course for the Robbo horse.