Keeping right on

Andy Munro is impressed by Blues’ win at Stoke.

This one was never going to be easy, Stoke having recently ended a poor run with a win and looking to gain momentum. Yet this Blues outfit and their manager are made of stern stuff and managed to grind out yet another excellent result.

Scott Hogan is starting to look again like the. player we signed and was yet again ‘Johnny on the spot’. Alongside him the Juke showed there is life in the old dog yet, particularly with his prowess in the air. And on the subject of old dogs, Harley Dean has been rejuvenated under the new management and he capped an excellent performance with a goal.

Dion Sanderson was also excellent with his pace, which was a great get out of jail card when we were under the cosh. The only slight criticism was that in front of them, the midfield were not the recently convincing unit, although the exception to that was the Tunisian version of perpetual motion. Unfortunately Krystian Bielik was booked and will miss a game, while Juninho Bacuna showed his usual silky skills without being able to dominate against a hard working Stoke side. On the subject of midfield it was good to see young Jobe Bellingham get some more game time.

So our good run continues and I would be starting to dream of the play-offs but, of course, it’s Blues we’re talking about.