No north-east joy

Blues go down at Sunderland. Andy Munro watches.

Never a happy hunting ground, Blues came away pointless from the long trip oop North to Sunderland and the Stadium of Light.

In fairness, the team made a decent fist of it with as many shots as our play off-chasing hosts but yet again their possession stats were woeful and it can’t be good continually soaking up pressure.

George Hall scored a well-worked opener before limping off with what looked like the dreaded curse of the hamstring. The silver lining to that particular cloud might be that it puts off the growing number of interested Premier League suitors. However, perhaps the star turn was the mercurial but inconsistent Tahith Chong, who led the opposition defence a merry dance as did the elusive Juhinho Bacuna.

When Sunderland had a man sent off, Blues sniffed the prospect of at least a share of the spoils but it wasn’t to be. Another hard game against Millwall beckons in midweek but a home win next Saturday against the Seasiders of Blackpool would see us home and hosed for the season.