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PRIZE DRAW FOR BLUES AFTER TAYLOR DRAWS RED CARD

25-02-2008

Villa did Blues a favour by beating Reading yesterday - a result which keeps Alex McLeish’s team out of the bottom three. Callum O’ Connell reflects on Blues own draw against Arsenal, and “that” tackle by Martin Taylor on Eduardo.

Going in to a game hovering above the relegation zone and against arguably the best team in England makes you wonder weather Blues will be in the Premiership this time next year. Defeat looked inevitable, and with it the prospect of slipping further into trouble.

But this is Blues and just like earlier in the season we got a draw out of a game that seemed dead and buried, thanks to a stunning display by James McFadden.

When you can score 2 past the league leaders it gives you hope, and makes you think that this team has a bright future under McLeish and that with the right funds, we could end up climbing up the table and getting better with years to come.

The main talking point however was not the 2-2 scoreline, it was the breaking of Eduardo's leg in three different places. Although there was no intent by Martin Taylor, the tackle was bad and I can see a long suspension to the man who has just recently fought back his place in the side.

You’ve got to have sympathy with the Arsenal player, but despite that, the harsh truth is that it’s been a decent week for Blues – not just a good result against the Gunners, but more news of the new stadium plans for 2014, which now seems to be back on again.

One thing that that isn’t right though – David Gold’s attitude towards the idea of a 39th Premier League game each season, played abroad. He’s compared the idea to Ann Summers’ stores, saying 'people have slowly accepted them'.

The idea of a game abroad is pointless and not worth an extra £5million - what happens when its Blues vs Fulham in Dubai? No fans, no fun.

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