Little by little

Andy Munro watches Blues win at Cheltenham in the Carabao Cup.

A 2-0 win at Cheltenham in the first round of the Carabao Cup isn’t exactly a world-shattering result but still represents steady progress.

Neil Etheridge was solid, although it will be a major blow if John Ruddy leaves and in front of him Kevin Long and Dion Sanderson continue to build a steady partnership. On the subject of steady, Emmanuel Longelo and Marcel Oakley showed some commendable defensive qualities given the team’s previous frailties.

In front of them, young Alfie Chang again showed true midfield anchorman qualities, allowing Juninho Bacuna to show the qualities that made him such an exciting prospect with a brace of early goals a bonus that made the tie safe almost from the off. And all this without Krystian Beilik and a reborn Ivan Sunjic.

Going forward, new arrival Koji Miyoshi looked classy and a box of tricks with Keshi Andersen equally impressive whilst Jordan James reminded us that instead of just a prospect he is now a quality player. Topping all that was the Juke, who looks like becoming the Teddy Sheringham of the Championship

Let the good times roll.