Andy’s Blues Blog
Media darling West Ham came to St Andrews hovering close to the relgation zone, while Blues fans can get excited about the prospect of European football. Andy Munro reports on strange times at St Andrews.
A season or two ago, this would have been a banana skin waiting to happen for an in form Blues. Unbeaten for more matches than most Bluenoses can remember against a West Ham side devoid of their best strikers.
To add extra spice,it seems that Sully and Co were looking to take over the Hammers although typically, they were apparently offering half the asking price.
Certainly there was a great atmosphere with the game practically sold out and the Hammers bringing their usual Bubble Blowing choir which was thankfully usually drowned out by a resounding rendition of KRO.
The game itself was hard fought with both sides having chances – to be fair Scott Parker still looked England class with his trickery and running whilst Diamante was ‘flashily’ brilliant. However Blues edged the clear chances and deserved to nick it although Ridgewell and Jerome both had horror misses to ensure that we had to endure the nervous nineties (five minutes of extra time).
Our goal was sheer quality with Chucho wisely taking the ball off Cameron Jerome before laying off a superb through ball to West Ham’s prodigal son, Lee Bowyer who calmly slotted home.
Joe Hart pulled off a couple of timely saves and should be in the World Cup mixer whilst the defence were yet again outstanding. I thought the midfield struggled a bit although McFaddie sparkled at times and uncharacteristically chased back to tackle like a Trojan.
Up front,Chucho showed some great skills and Cameron chased around as usual but still unfortunately continues to suffer from a case of chronic ‘Barn Door’ Syndrome.
Blues definitely need a forward who can hold play up and bring other players into the game.
I like Zola but he’s probably the only thing that I like about a team from Cockneyland that plays in claret and blue with a load of bigheaded supporters who think that they are harder, and the team better, than they really are.
Most particularly, they continue to be the darlings of the media so to Alan Green (Radio 5 Live), John Motson, and various sports commentators from the Independent, Times and the Guardian – your boys took one hell of a beating (well okay just one goal in the latest encounter!).
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