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TOOTHLESS TIGERS ESCAPE MAULING

19-04-2010

Blues current indifferent recent form season continued with a goalless draw against Hull. Andy Munro wakes up just in time to fil this report.

Despite our mauling at Maine Road, many Bluenoses thought our game against Hull would be a walk in the park. Unfortunately it was anything but and we struggled against a Tigers side desperate for a result but thankfully toothless.

Why McLeish never changed the team after the Mancs result is a mystery to me – there’s loyalty and blind loyalty. In any event can’t he see that the side is looking decidedly jaded which is not suprising after giving their all over a long period without a decent sized squad to help carry the burden.

After a rousing(and deceiving) first five minutes, the game went downhill from there and,to be honest, it was reminiscent of some of the horrifically boring Championship games last season.

In fact the only sparks of excitement came from Hull’s talisman Jimmy Bullard and the surging runs and bloody minded determination of Liam Ridgewell.

In the first half, we had the edge without looking really convincing but during the second period it was definitely Hull in the ascendancy. McFadden was eventually substituted for Superkev who rarely threatened as the game passed him by.

Seb Larsson also failed to make any real difference and with Fahey and Bowyer having their most ineffective games for sometime, the midfield were second best to Bullard and Co.

Blues lack of width just compounds our sterility up front and much as Barry F lords it in midfield, it’s only by moving the ball laterally that we can keep possession. Any forward movement breaks down with the ball invariably coming straight back.

Stevie Carr and Ridgewell – one getting on in years and the other not a natural fullback – must be wondering why they have to take the ball 100 yards to the opposition goal line unsupported.

Why McLeish didn’t give Chucho and Michel a blast to vary our attacking options is a mystery to me.

It’s a shame to be having a moan at Alex as he comes out with a lot of credit from this season…but is he the man to take us to the next level remains to be seen.

Our next match against our neighbours doesn’t fill me with optimism but let’s hope it’s a funny old game!

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