Blues 1 – 1 Villa: I’ll take that point

Blimey, I actually predicted a game correctly. It makes a change, as I haven’t even been able to pick my nose, let alone a result, for ages.

I can’t say it was a convincing performance, as in truth Blues looked the better side for most of the game, to me.
But this game was never about the performance and the result was always way more important in not setting us back.

Was it a deserved point?
I have to hold my hands up and say if you look at the game overall, you might well say we didn’t deserve the point.
But then I’m not convinced Blues really did enough to warrant all three points either.
So it’s a tough call and I’d accept opinions of whatever stance.

The thing is we got a point in one of the toughest away games we’ll face all season and that can’t be bad.

It was a typical tough game, with some very strong tackles being dished out from both sides. Just as it should be.
Both managers obviously managed to fire their players up.

The only sad point for me was Bruce bringing Gabby on.
While I can’t criticise the player for anything he did today, I just feel that was a massive mistake.
To my mind, he’s been one of the biggest factors as to why we’re not in the Prem anymore and should just be hoofed, whatever the cost.
The only single redeeming thing is that none of our other strikers were left on the bench either.
If he’d have got a start while McCormack and Gestede didn’t, I’d have been fuming now.
THe only reason Bruce must have included him in the squad was because of his begging to be included because it was the blues game.
Where’s his desire been for god knows how long? Just get rid Steve, trust me.

That said, what’s wrong with McCormack?
He looks nothing like the 20 goal a season striker I’ve read about.
Mind you, I’m probably being unfair, as playing so deep doesn’t really offer any striker much, does it?
Likewise Gestede and why Gardner got the goal.
Still, it’s more about not getting beaten at the moment, so I can’t moan.

It was a nice header from Gardner and a decent goal from them, albeit deflected, so I’m reasonably happy.

The main thing is we didn’t lose and face Blackburn at home on Saturday; a game we should do ok in.
And which will keep us moving forward nicely.

Now I’m going to sit back and reflect with a few Stellas.

Oh, MOTM had to be Jedinak, as much as I’ve criticised him lately.
He looked very solid, along with Chester.
I guess Baker could be included there too, but I never really noticed him too much, which I suppose is a good thing.



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  1. nath
    nath October 31, 2016 at 5:57 am .

    happy with a point, keeps the momentum rolling along. thought our players all gave their whole, villa teams of the past5 years or even longer. would have crumbled under the pressure and anti football from the noses. i thought they were playing union rugby code,with their up and under balls, i saw um kicking for touch. they rough up the villa players, goalie committed a Schumacher like foul, i thought these tactics and successfully injuring players, helped them to a share of the spoils. i think mccormack is struggling with the system we play. when he was introduced this stopped our game plan of countering with speed.

    but i dont think either team did enough to win the game = share of the points will do, by the time we meet again, we will have improved loads. promotion is our aim while theirs is just to win that game.

  2. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 October 31, 2016 at 9:17 pm .

    See U23’s won 4-0 with outstanding display from Hepburn-Murphy (2) and a cracking goal from Tshibola (Green got the 4th). Jack Grealish and Agbonlahor also featured.

    How long before Bruce starts to include some of these up and coming youngsters in the first team. Would like to see Tshibola get a run.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath October 31, 2016 at 11:04 pm .

      Why didn’t Tish start Sunday anyone know?

      1. Tekkers48
        Tekkers48 October 31, 2016 at 11:47 pm .

        Tish is an anagram of Shit ! We could therefor have called all of last year’s team tish !

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