Andy Munro on Blues’ goalless draw at home to Brentford.
This was a dour and turgid affair against a Brentford team who lived up to their nickname. They were aggressive, buzzed around often angrily but luckily more in a circular rather than forward motion.
Blues looked a rather jaded outfit and seemed to misplace more passes than they found their man. However, their lack of energy can be perhaps excused given their small squad and the amount of games coming thick and fast. Yet, a real consolation is that, in still giving 100%, and keeping their shape they earned a fairly decent point against a Brentford side who spent more than £6 million on three players in the run up to the season – a sum of money Blues can currently only dream about.
Our defence was particularly impressive although Lee Camp did indulge in a needless bit of ball juggling. Deane and Morris were solid in the centre with Wes Harding usually far too powerful and fast for the opposition winger. Perhaps slightly more unsure was Maxim Colin playing on his ‘wrong’ side something that will no doubt be rectified on the return of Pedersen, an unfortunate fact for young Harding.
Kleftenbeld and Gardner worked like Trojans in midfield without showing the quality to open up the opposition. Out wide, Maghoma (after a very poor first half) proved the player most likely to although on the other wing Jota was muscled out of things a bit too often. Up front, lacking service, the Juke/Che combo never really fired effectively and the introduction of Mahoney (too lightweight?) and Bogle (one hit wonder?) never really changed things.
Still, a point in the Championship is always hard earned and keeps us ‘thereabouts’ in the table.