Andy Munro watches Blues get beaten by Albion.
Sometimes life isn’t fair. Blues lost at the Hawthorns after having more shots, more shots on target and more possession – the latter stat probably for the first time since the Millennium.
To make matters worse ex-Villa mann Andi Weimann was the player that did for Blues. In fairness to the away side, most players had decent performances except for Lee Buchanan, who was run ragged and hauled off, possibly because of carrying an injury.
On the plus side, Neil Etheridge was rarely troubled and looked solid enough whilst in front of him Krystian Bielik is settling in nicely to his centre-back role, with Kevin Long an excellent no nonsense foil. It was good to see the excellent Ethan Laird back on the pitch as well .
In front of them, the midfield were solid even if Ivan Sunjic was a bit wayward in possession and the newbies looked decent although Pritchard was taken off, presumably because he tired. Yet again Jay Stansfield ran his socks off up front but one hopes that our inability to sell somebody and bring in a centre forward won’t return to haunt us .
Certainly Stansfield needs some support and his current support team including Siriki Dembele and advanced midfielders need to get up the pitch quicker. One wonders if the prolific reserve Junior Dixon should get a place on the bench and maybe a twenty minute cameo to see how he fares.
So, plenty of reasons to be cheerful except for the most important thing – the result!