Blues opened the season by drawing 2-2 at home to Norwich. Andy Munro was there.
It was a bit deflating to lose a goal and two points in the dying seconds and, for once, I wish N’Doye had been deliberately ‘clumsy’ and taken out Hernandez, the Canaries goalscorer. However, it was nice to see Garry Monk both upbeat and pragmatic, pointing out that a draw was probably a fair result and we were work in progress, undoubtedly needing some more bodies.
In addition, I did love the style of the Bluenose who phoned up BBC Wolverhampton (sorry, I mean West Midlands) and lambasted the patronising Paul Franks and his cronies for being negative about the Blues.
In fairness, the first half was fairly forgettable apart from a brilliant save from Trueman. However, the second half was a different affair with some real end to end entertainment and with Blues looking a lot more dangerous.
Man of the Match Maghoma notched a stunning opener and although we were pegged back, it looked like three points when the impressive substitute Soloman-Otabor coolly slotted home.Unfortunately it wasn’t to be because we sloppily lost possession from our own throw in and Hernandez waltzed his way through to net the equaliser.
There were plenty of plus points though, with an excellent and enthusiastic crowd roaring the Blues on helped by any number of spine=tingling renditions of Keep Right On.
Maghoma was superb and Jutkiewicz was a handful working his socks off. Yet our strongest asset on paper is our defence but a bit too often a Norwich player was free in the box. Sometimes this was because of players getting sucked in when the midfield went missing. However, good player though he is, both Harlee Deane and Morrison need to use their tonsils more.
The new lad Pedersen was generally excellent on the ball and in the tackle but again was sometimes too narrow giving the winger too much time and space. To me, the central defenders, who undoubtedly have the best view on the pitch, should be barking their orders to both the full backs and the midfield and playing merry hell if they don’t follow instructions.
Still, a fairly decent result and, in fairness, we were just one of many teams that shared the spoils on the opening day.