Andy Munro on Blues’ defeat at Peterborough United.
Blues’ unbeaten run against a series of footballing minnows came crashing down when the Posh gave them a reality check, going three up within the first fifteen minutes before Scott Hogan pulled one back and the Juke got a late second to make the scoreline look a bit more respectable. It was the sort of game that Barry Fry, celebrating fifty years in football, would doubtless have enjoyed.
Of course, this triggered a wave of criticism from the doom-mongers but I’m certainly not going into panic mode. It wasn’t a good result considering that all our newbies were on display but it did show that we were right to make signing two full-backs a priority and to retain the dependable George Long.
The best midfield and up front combo still have to be sorted but that’s the manager’s job and despite his goal and dependability we need a younger and faster centre-forward option whether that be on loan (more likely) or as a permanent signing. It was good to see Hogan score but the jury must still be out on whether he should be a first choice up front.
So, on the basis everybody is fit next week and myself playing football manager, here would be my team, altered where appropriate for a different formation and taking into account current injuries
In all cases, Ruddy in goal:
Laird, Long, Sanderson, Buchanan; Beilik, Sunjic, James; Bacuna; Anderson, Hogan
Long, Roberts, Sanderson: Laird, Beilik, Sunjic, James, Buchanan; Anderson, Jutkiewicz.