Tykes tamed

Blues win at Barnsley and Andy Munro remains confident.

Barnsley were desperate for points and in this topsy turvey Championship, in a swirling win, this could have been a banana skin that would have made Fyffes proud. Pleasingly , as opposed to their dismal defeat against Wigan, Blues stood firm and solid.

Keeping the aerial dominance of Roberts and the pace of Clarke-Salter, with the recently rejuvenated Deane still on the bench was the correct decision as Blues limited Barnsley to distance shooting. In front of them the combo of Gardner and Sunjic was the cornerstone of yet another impressive, professional display.

Up front, Scott Hogan yet again weaved his magic with the third goal in three games and proved what many Blues fans have said all along – we’ve got a very decent set of players but desperately needed somebody up front to play off the tireless Lukas Jutkiewicz.

The goal was a tale of Jude Bellingham’s tireless running and persistance and Hogan’s striker instinct and sharpness. The only downside was yet another ineffective performance from Montero and so it was good to see Bela get some minutes while not overtesting his muscle strain.

Brentford on Saturday is yet another stiff test, but aren’t they all in a Championship when Charlton can win away at Forest.