Blues’ season ended with a whimper on Saturday. Andy Munro was there.
A meeting of two underachievers, especially given Blues have an uninspiring home record, ended predictably. Obviously it was appreciated that the players thanked the fans whilst the fans thanked their lucky stars that they didn’t follow the black and gold into the Dingley Hell that will be division one.
Lee Clark’s pre-match ‘boast’ that Blues might field their youngest ever side never came to fruition, and a bit disappointingly, with the game finely poised at 1 -1, he decided not to gamble apart from bringing on Callum Reilly who performed excellently. It was a good crowd, a crowd in good humour, with Blackburn bringing a very creditable away following, adding to the atmosphere. Blues probably deserved all the points and started off well possession-wise although they rarely threatened goal-wise. In fact Blackburn nearly scored on the break but were foiled thanks to Jack Butland. It’s just a shame his leg action isn’t as good as his arm action as he was kicking like a three legged donkey , something he will have to rectify if Woy is to give him another England cap.
Defensively we looked sound with Ferguson slotting in effortlessly at left back to pair the impressive Caddis while Robbo was his usual belligerent self next to the commanding figure of Davies. In midfield, Gomis defied his critics with an energetic display, hoovering up any loose balls. Alongside, Elliott and Morrison played the creative stuff although at times they were a mite wasteful. On the flanks, Redmond showed persistence after a patchy start whilst Burke was generally the Hughton-era Burke of old.
Ziggy was decent but neither was he memorable as Blues started to break Blackburn down topped by a moment of Morrison magic. Ravel M ghosted effortlessly past a couple of Blackburn defenders and pulled the trigger as the ball arrowed into the corner of the net. The question is why doesn’t he pull the trigger more often?
Predictably Blues failed to keep a clean sheet as Jordan Rhodes illustrated his goal prowess with an opportunist goal to make it a slightly undeserved honours even.
Food for thought:
- If Blues come into money with a takeover would you sign Roger Johnston?
- Who would be on YOUR retained list?
- Who would you have on loan between Morrison and Ferguson if you had to chose?