Terriers kept at bay

Andy Munro comments on Blues’ 1-1 draw at Huddersfield.

Blues’ trip to West Yorkshire was a dour affair but I’m not complaining, as to some extent it keeps our points-gathering exercise on track. The manager made several changes because Scott Hogan and Gary Gardner (two of our fitter players!) were apparently ‘tired’ but, in fairness, the inclusion of the talented Alen Halovic was welcomed by most.

It’s worth noting that Blues had both more shots and more shots on target than the home side managed so we certainly deserved a draw and with a bit more bravery we would probably have got all three points. Still, beggars can’t be choosers and given that Frazier Campbell opened the scoring with his usual goal against us, the sight of Marc Roberts agriculturally bundling the ball home from close range for the equaliser was a massive relief.

Baggies loanee rekeem Harper had a game to forget and looked off the pace and it’s disappointing that both he and Jonathan Leko aren’t showing the youthful energy and zip that might have been expected. At the opposite end of the age spectrum, the Juke is looking laboured and obviously his confidence has been hit not helped by the amount of splinters in his backside from sitting on the bench.

However, on the plus side Jeremie Bela is nearing his mercurial best and if Karanka also returns Gardner to the starting line up and maybe Sam Cosgrove gets a start up front then the future could be looking a bit brighter. Let’s hope so!