Blues win 3-2 with Andy Munro impressed with what he sees.
Every so often there’s a beautiful and unforgettable moment in a match and this time it was a free kick from newbie Jeremie Bela.
Yet before this Blues had to overcome adversity against a Reading side buoyed up by a good win the week before featuring a hat-trick predictably from a former Blues target. Firstly, Clarke-Salter looked to have dislocated a shoulder, which is a real blow to a young talent who had seized his chance with Robbo’s injury. Add to this the talented Dan Crowley going off with a hamstring problem (hopefully minor) and the odds looked long on getting one point never mind three.
Yet out of this adversity came some real plus points. Wes Harding did himself a real favour with an excellent performance and it reinforces my view that he is better in the heat of the centre rather than getting a footballing nosebleed in the wide open spaces out wide. Maghoma coming on for Crowley then gave us the width that I think the team has been crying out for and gave Reading new problems to keep them occupied. The other man to particularly mention in despatches is McEachran who in some ways has been an unfulfilled talent over the years but maybe no more. Sunjic and Bellingham were, well, just the usual Sunjic and Bellingham and long may that continue.
It was good to see Alvaro Giminez getting another goal with the Juke being rested for the Chrstmas games rush coming up. Having said that we probably need a quick central attacker and now possibly a loanee defender depending on Robbo and Clarke-Salter’s latest medical reports.
Either way we are only four points from the play-offs so maybe we can start to dream again. The caveat, of course, is that the Championship is just one big banana skin!