Cherries on top

Andy Munro watches Blues’ home defeat to Bournemouth.

The Blues defence finally conceded, twice, after 270 minutes of football, but the scoreline wasn’t really a reflection of the play. We had as many chances as the visitors but the difference was in the quality of their finishing.

In fairness, all the stands being operational could also have made a difference because at the moment St Andrews doesn’t feel like home to either the players or the spectators.

On the pitch, while Jonathan Leko had a more promising game, I would have stuck with Scott Hogan up front. Elsewhere, the centre midfield was decent, but out wide Jeremie Bela had one of his quieter games as a reluctant wing back. This meant the vital supply line to Juke was poor even though the big centre forward netted but was debatably judged to be offside.

Yet again young Alfie Chang was a star man but we desperately need another striker or lower mid-table beckons. Mind you, Bournemouth will be there or thereabouts and any safe mid-table position for Blues will represent some much-needed stability.