Rovers will return

Blues draw at Blackburn in the FA Cup with Andy Munro watching.

St Andrews will be hosting a fourth round replay against Blackburn thanks to a fighting performance from the team at Ewood Park. It was an important draw in terms of some rehabilitation for a Blues side going through a generally torrid time and all the more impressive considering a number of influential players had been left on the bench.

As ever, there was good and bad in Blues’ performance starting with the good as the Juke led the forward line magnificently with Reda Khadra always a dangerous ally. Behind them, when he was on the pitch Alfie Chang was impressively calm and it was great to see Jordan James put in a lightening cameo performance to net following good work by the hungry Hannibal Nejbri.

In defence(and attack) George Friend put in an accomplished performance and ditto Neil Etheridge, who showed his superlative form against Forest Green was not just a flash in the pan. Maxime Colin, too, continues to be consistently solid.

Unfortunately that can’t be said for the rest of the defence who, at times, looked as nervous as the proverbial kittens and amongst that whoever scouted Kevin Long needs to urgently visit Specsavers. In fairness to them, Krystian Beilik didn’t impress playing as a midfield anchor that had a touch of the Titanic about it and never mind a big money move as he looks more like a free transfer prospect to Hartlepool.

Overall though, it was an excellent performance which should give some encouragement and positivity to both John Eustace and the fans.