Andy Munro watches Blues draw at home to Derby County.
In many ways, despite the fact it was a close game, Blues should have been out of sight before a tense last few minutes. Derby were desperate for a win to take them into the play offs but looked very vulnerable at the back as did the Blues at times.
Good to see Juke on a hot streak in goal scoring but really he should have had two when set up beautifully by Adams. In response both of Derby’s goals came from ball watching and the second was particularly criminal giving the aged Ashley Cole the freedom of the park to cross the ball. I’m sure Garry Monk must tell his players so it must be frustrating to see these lapses of concentration. The Rams first goal was a brilliant lob when Harlee Deane lost his man and Lee Camp, not for the first time in his goalkeeping life, was caught in no man’s land.
Both Maghoma and Jota only played in patches but, in fairness, too often, they are not backed up by their fullbacks. However a change out wide might have been beneficial but instead Vassell came on for the Juke. The former huffed and puffed but worryingly still looks a bit of a shadow of the player he was before his injury…ditto David Davies.
Mind you, even when we get a player wide the opposition box is not exactly packed with Blues players and that box to box midfielder is a missing link. No doubt the manager will rectify things in the close season when supporters hope a new keeper will also be on his list. In fairness, Camp, the goalkeeping version of Marmite, made a brilliant point-preserving save in the closing minutes and maybe some fans need to recognise the good as well as the bad.