No fairytale return For Eustace

Andy Munro watches Blues beat Blackburn Rovers.

Apart from this fixture, most Bluenoses would wish nice guy John Eustace all the best and, like Tony Mowbray I’m certain that they will both prove themselves successful in their current posts.

However, in this game the Blues should have been home and hosed at half-time. Both of the Korean contingent were at the heart of everything good about a performance that was impressive until it came to the final third. Paik Seung-ho looks a masterful signing but maybe as the star of the show he was edged out by the classy Ethan Laird. Laird was played on his ‘wrong’ side but was excellent both defensively and going forward.

Up front Tyler Roberts had one of his better games, showing why we signed him although he missed two gilt-edged chances. As usual Jay Stansfield ran his socks off and although he didn’t score he never gave the hard pressed Rovers defence a moment’s rest.

Further back both Krystian Bielik and Marc Roberts were dominant and solid in defence and it was good to see Juninho Bacuna come on to weave his special brand of footballing magic then have a hand in Andre Dozell’s winner.

Finally, a word of praise for John Ruddy, who made up for his dodgy kicking by a fabulous points-preserving save in the dying seconds.