Mauling the Mackems

Andy Munro watches Blues beat Sunderland.

Early on it looked as if Sunderland might pinch the points, with Blues defence looking shaky. Marc Roberts, who had a good game in midweek, was partly at fault for Sunderland’s opener whilst his poor distribution overall was on the same level as that of John Ruddy.

To compound that early defensive frailty, playing two ‘wrong-footed’ players down our left in the shape of Ethan Laird and Jordan James left us open too many times. Yet, we persisted offensively with Jay Stansfield as usual magnificent in both his workrate and threat.

Eventually the opposition caved in with Koji Myoshi at the heart of so many moves with James drawing us level in his much improved second half performance. Even better was to come with the introduction of the mercurial talents of Siriki Dembele and Juninho Bacuna, causing havoc in what had been a fairly solid opposition defence.

Finally, after a veritable series of goalmouth scrambles it was left to Myoshi to claim a deserved three points from close range – deserved both by the scorer himself and Blues generally. All of this in front of Blues’ best crowd for a long, long time and for once the gypsies’ curse didn’t prevail.