Andy Munro enjoys Blues’ win at the Hawthorns.
Blues’ record against the Baggies is less than auspicious – and in saying that I go back as far as the Villa Park semi-final over fifty years ago.
Yet again however, the ‘It’s a funny old game’ maxim was proven as, on the day, Troy Deeney was unplayable and Scott Hogan got a hat trick. So much for my criticism of a supposedly punchless forward line.
In fairness, the architects of this particuarly memorable victory were the two biggest million quid transfer bargains around in the shape of Juninho Bacuna and Tahith Chong, whilst the youngsters in the form of George Hall and Jordan James showed maturity way beyond their years. Meanwhile the Blues back three remained solid even after Marc Roberts went off injured, thanks largely to the versatility of Maxine Colin, and in the final analysis thoroughly deserved the win.
Now we’re up to the heady heights of fourteenth, as close points-wise to the play-offs as we are to the relegation spots, so who knows what lies in store.