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29-03-2010

Whinger Wenger was treated to a bit of mockery by the St Andrews crowd – and they had the last laugh, too, with Kevin Phillips grabbing a last minute equaliser.

Losing is not very nice and can become a habit which is why this game was so important to Blues if a great season wasn’t going to end leaving a sour taste in the mouth. The Eduardo saga still leaves some bad blood between the clubs but a bit of needle is great for the atmosphere which really crackled over the ninety minutes.

Probably Arsenal had the edge in possession but only just with Barry Ferguson and Lee Bowyer getting more than their fair share. At the back for the Arsenal, the Notts County cast off looked decidedly suspect and Song was most definitely out of tune.

This showed up with McFaddie a box of tricks and Cameron’s powerful running allied to a new found confidence causing the Arsenal defence their fair share of problems.

Craig Gardner also had a decent game but my only really negative observation was that Blues played a very narrow game with only Stephen Carr providing any natural width on his overlaps. A wide player must be a priority, together with a couple of strikers in the close season.

However Blues played really well and competed on equal terms until they tired in the last 20 minutes. The Arsenal goal was well taken but was caused by a leggy Blues team backing off – a defence, it has to be said, that has played incredibly well with Johnson particularly a tower of strength.

The equaliser came so late,it was particularly sweet and on the balance of play was well deserved and hopefully will put Blues back on track.

Incidentally a piece of classic ‘terrace’ humour caused much amusement with Blues fans in the Tilton madly waving their arms to the ‘conga’ song as they chanted,’Let’s all do a Wenger!’ He was not amused!

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