Trees too tricky for Blues

Blues went down 3-0 at Nottingham Forest, with Andy Munro still hopeful.

Notts Forest’s ‘tricky trees’ (where did that nickname come from?) proved a step too far for a Blues side at their embryo stage and whose, admittedly rather fragile, bubble was well and truly burst. Disappointingly, the back four, or was it back three(?), earned no plaudits in a shaky display with Joe Lolley giving Pedersen a nightmare and Grabban far too mobile for Roberts and Deane.

We did play some decent stuff at times but with the Juke generally labouring on his own at the business end of the pitch, there was never any prospect of turning this game around once Forest had scored the opener. Incidentally, ex-Villan Joe Lolley took great delight in celebrating his goal in front of visiting Bluenoses and we very much look forward to ‘welcoming’ him back at the return game.

Our lack of firepower could become an increasing problem and the foolhardiness of prematurely selling Vassell is already becoming massively apparent. I’m still going to back Pep C to take us to a comfortable mid-table position but he’s going to have to stand or fall on his signings who, let’s face it are mostly unknowns. However skilful most of them are,it’s pace and power which are the most important attributes in an unforgiving Championship.

Maybe it’s time to give young Odin Bailey his head as he seems desperate for his chance and certainly Montero now has to come into the reckoning. Still, there’s no need to panic…..yet.