Andy Munro enjoys Blues’ 2-1 win over Middlesbrough.
It was just like watching Brazil (or should that be Barcelona, given our Spanish contingent?) as Blues played with the sort of panache I can’t remember in all the years I’ve supported them.
With a kindergarten midfield of Cowley, Bellingham, Villablanca and Sunij they were quite frankly fantastic in their movement and their comfort on the ball even when surrounded or pressured by the opposition. What a contrast to the bumblings of past midfielders like N’Doye and the rest.
The only issue was that we came up against a Banks-like performance from ex-Blue Darren Randolph. We eventually breached the Boro defence when Villablanca started and finished off a wonderful move between the Spaniard and Colin. Despite clearances off the line and hitting the woodwork, we were nearly made to pay when Boro scored a slightly scruffy equaliser (no blame to Lee Camp incidentally).
Yet, Blues still had enough in the tank to win the game when the outstanding Crowley crossed to young substitute Odin Bailey, who made no mistake with a firm header. Bailey ,who had come on at the same time as the equally impressive Maghoma, showed some great pace in his cameo appearance and should be a great option for Giminez, who incidentally was neat and tidy without setting the world alight.
Mention also needs to be made of the defence, particularly Roberts who won some towering headers and Colin who has to be the best right-back in the Championship. Camp pleasingly got a sympathetic reaction from Blues fans and when called upon made one outstanding save.
The question has to be whether we can repeat such an astonishingly accomplished performance.