Andy Munro watches Blues claim a welcome three points at Yeovil.
To be top billing on the Football League Show had to be for a non-Blues reason, and so it proved as every neutral fan in the country appeared to be rooting for ‘Little Yeovil’. The fact that they had probably spent more money on players than we have passed unnoticed in the ‘underdogs make good’ euphoria.
Blues stuck with 3-5-2 and throughout the game, we looked solid but rarely fluid. After his Plymouth performance, it was a bit disappointing to see the talented Scott Allen on the bench but the arguably equally gifted Andrew Shinnie was involved in the few classy moves that there were.
Keeper Randolph was yet again in superlative form when called upon but, in the end, Yeovil suffered the usually happening to the Blues, namely The Curse of the Returning Player. Dan Burn was not only instrumental in the ball being forced home from the corner but also nearly scored with a wicked curling shot. That apart, he was a tower of strength as Mullins, Robbo and Eardley scrapped and played like three people you wouldn’t want to meet on a dark night.
A word for Wade Elliott, who is hardly the fans’ favourite and seems in danger of being labelled with a love child relationship to Lee Clark similar to the relationship between Damien Johnson and his mentor Steve Bruce. Wade, to his credit, kept the midfield momentum going and used his experience to always be available and involved.
There still remains a question mark up front although personally I think that Matt Green will be fine once he nets for Blues in a competitive match. Lee Novak still remains a mystery – the lad works his socks off but is that going to be enough? To have players such as Chris Burke, Koby Arthur and Scott Allen on the bench for 90 minutes seems a luxury we can ill afford but, on the other hand, I can understand Lee Clark not wanting to bring them on.
Whatever the debate, credit has to go to a collection of frees, loans and pensioners for a vital win on the road.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
– If we are short of forwards, would you bring Asante back?
– If Brighton go 4-4-2, would you keep the same team and formation?