Robbing in the Hood

Blues draw with Nottingham Forest. Andy Munro was looking on.

How Forest escaped with a share of the spoils is beyond me, although not beyond a referee who almost played a third half and awarded a dubious penalty when even the fat lady should have been freshening up in the shower.

Admittedly, it was a turgid first period but Blues dominated after the break, as the 18-4 shot statistics show quite clearly. All through the game our back four were excellent and in front of them Gary Gardner (probably yet again a man of the match contender alongside Marc Roberts) and the busy Ivan Sunjic kept things on the boil. Lee Bowyer bravely fielded two wingers and Ivan Sanchez particularly impressed, as did Jeremie Bela when he woke up in the second period.

Up top, the Juke should have scored but according to the referee’s decision was more of a threat in his own box. Other than that, with Scott Hogan limping off, Jonathan Leko worked hard but again with a paltry end result. Sub Riley McGree did well and it was great to see hot prospect Amari Miller getting an impressive cameo.

On the downside we were literally robbed of two points but on the up side moved a point nearer mathematical safety. To put this result in context, Forest had three substitutes, Grabban, Glenn Murray and Knockaert who could probably walk into 95% of Championship sides and the once highly touted Colback couldn’t even get any game time. Talk about an embarrassment of riches!