Blues let a two-goal lead slip against Ipswich Town with Andy Munro watching.
There was a lot to like about Wayne Rooney’s new soap powder Blues against high-flying Ipswich Town and while at the same time it was disappointing to lose a two goal lead, we did at least get the first point under new management.
For the first hour Blues were generally in control and, in truth, had made an in-form second placed Ipswich side look very ordinary. Jay Stansfield opened the scoring with a sublime finish and had a hand in the second. Blues were well in control; however the effects of the substitutes were chalk and cheese for both sides.
Blues’ subs took away the home side’s impetus ,although in fairness to Rooney, the best player on the pitch, Ethan Laird, was sensibly withdrawn because of cramp. In addition the Juke should have scored a third for Blues with a header that was off target when it looked easier to score
In contrast Ipswich’s substitutions turned the game with the replacements involved in both their goals .This scenario always looked likely as the visitors turned the screw and the Blues defending got increasingly desperate. This was probably not helped by the introduction of Emmanuel Longelo and Marc Roberts, who are unlikely to survive Rooney’s rumoured cull of surplus players in January.
Finally, a word for Ollie Burke who was excellent in leading the line and certainly is worth another shot alongside the ever-impressive Stansfield.