No early Christmas for Robins

Andy Munro watches Blues win at Bristol City.

This looked like a nailed on win for the high-flying home side but Blues at last came good. Yet the first half still had a slightly familiar feel to it with Blues retreating in a style made famous by a certain General Custer, although unlike the said General, they came out in the second half all guns blazing.

When they are allowed free rein Jeremie Bela and Ivan Sanchez are both very gifted players and that showed in the second period as they pushed forward, creating a number of chances. Blues hit the post and should certainly have had a penalty although it seemed that they might not get the result their second half play deserved.

However, from a set piece it was Harlee Dean who powered home an accurate dead ball from Bela. Dean looks a different player these days and for that the credit should go to the manager, who has kept faith when others (including myself) were calling for his head.

There was even time for the Croatian Messi to give a promising cameo after replacing a rather disappointing Jon Toral. One thing is certain and that is four at the back with a couple of terriers (Sunjic and Kleftenbeld) in front of them gives us a solid look and allows the front four to attack with some freedom. Surely Karanka must stick with this formation and this team.