Blues win at Sheffield Wednesday with Andy Munro impressed.
It was a vital win in a critical six pointer so I’m not going to hammer Aitor Karanka, who rermains a thoroughly nice bloke even though football-wise he makes a man wearing belt and braces look cavalier. This was brought home when we are in the ascendancy against ten men and then he brings on defenders for attackers. Thank goodness we had Neil Etheridge in goal and not Lee Camp.
Yet this was a game which Blues thoroughly deserved to win and let’s hope Senor Karanka doesn’t turn into a complete tinkerman against the Canaries. Wednesday may look like strugglers but this is only because of their massive points deduction and it should be remembered that before losing to Blues ,they had won three of the last four.
For Blues, the centre of the back four looked more mobile with Clarke-Salter alongside Harlee Dean and it was good to see Colin back as I think he has been unfairly criticised. Mind you, they were helped by a solid midfield in front of them with Gardner, Sunjic and Harper forming a trio whom nobody is going to push around. In front of that lot the mercurial Bela and the talented Sanchez were always going to cause problems in support of Scott Hogan, who deserved a goal for all his running and movement.
Against the Canaries I would be inclined to again play 4-3-3 and let Norwich adapt and worry about us rather than the other way round. The only change that I might be tempted to make is to put one (not both!!) of the wingers on the bench and bring back the Juke. The works hard and would ensure their back line would stay deep and, at the same time provide support for Hogan. Still, at last, some reasons to be cheerful!