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SEEING THE LIGHT AT THE STADIUM OF LIGHT

22-03-2010

Blues’ season is winding down into a comfortable mid-table position. Andy Munro, meanwhile, is looking to the future.

It could have been embarrassing and for the first 20 minutes it was…yet at the end, Alex Mac said he was proud of his players, presumably for reversing a 2-0 deficit into a season-changing 3-1 loss. Putting it even more in context,we were held at bay by a Scottish keeper, which is about as likely as the Italians beating the Scottish at rugby…so it can happen!

Having said that, Sunderland’s early superiority brought home the difference between a side signing several £10 million plus players – two rumoured to be on £70k + a week – with our Poundstretcher squad. Apparently Sunderland are in financial trouble but it’s still galling to see other clubs paying mammoth fees which secure the 15 goals + a season player that Bluenoses desperately crave.

Mind you, ever since I slagged off Cameron Jerome he hasn’t stopped scoring (then again he hasn’t stopped missing them either).Consequently I think that I will now turn my attention to Chucho in the hope that he enjoys a similar goal scoring renaissance.

At the back, Stephen Carr is now probably feeling the combined effects of his age and a long season and Dann looked a bit desperate after a string of excellent performances. Only Roger J ,the Ridge and Joe Hart looked the part.

In midfield, we lacked penetration and energy despite Lee Bowyer’s evergreen performance and Craig Gardner’s injection of enthusiasm. I’m still not sure about Michel although on balance I think that he’ll end up a worthwhile signing given a
decent run of games.

Certainly in the close season, we’ve got to buy one, or maybe two, wide players who can get behind defences. The big plus is that we’ve got Barry Ferguson to keep the middle of midfield on an even keel whilst any wide players can bomb forward. Barry F is, of course, 31 but Jose Mourinho put age in context when he pointed out that three of the players in the Inter Milan side that outclassed Chelski were in their mid to late thirties.

Overall it wasn’t a bad performance and I suppose as we’re safe it wasn’t disastrous but it’s still disappointing now expectations have been raised. Additionally we’ve got a fairly daunting set of fixtures coming up thankfully followed by a comparatively easy run in.

Predictably Everton will probably finish above us with their expensive and expansive side. If we manage to finish above Fulham, in particular, it will have been a great season when we’ve undoubtedly overachieved whilst at times playing some quality football…something I never thought that I would say given some of the turgid Championship performances I unfortunately witnessed last season.

So perhaps now is the time for a reality check for everybody, including the board , who must realise that in the close season, we need to (sensibly) speculate to accumulate.
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