Andy Munro endures Blues’ goalless draw with Stoke City from afar.
This was a rare occasion when I was abroad and missed a match, having to settle for Blues TV.
A visit of the Potters never sets the pulse racing even though they were, like us, on a decent run. A nil-nil bore draw was definitely one to miss and, in truth, it was no more than both sides deserved, summoning up one decent chance each between them.
One further win should see Blues safe, but it would be nice to reach the heady heights of mid-table. However, a concern has to be the poor possession stats when our side (Mark Roberts apart) on paper at least is full of ‘creative’ players. Tahith Chong had one of his forgettable games and Reda Khadra was surprisingly ineffective, as was the talented Juninho Bacuna. Even George Hall was quiet spending, his time tracking back on defensive duties. Another disappointment was the reluctance of John Eustace to use the subs earlier and the small amount of game time that we are giving Hannibal Mejbri will probably mean we won’t get him on loan next season, which personally I think would be a shame
One hopes that Eustace will take the reins off Blues’ players now we have reached comparative safety and encourage them to express themselves a bit more. However, I’m not holding my breath on that one.