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NOT HARRY’S GAME

01-02-2010

Blues bounced back from defeat at Chelsea with a well-earned late equaliser at home to Spurs on Saturday. Andy Munro was at St Andrews to witness it.

Trying to bounce back against the second set of Mockneys in a week was always going to be difficult particularly against a star-studded Spurs side. One or two Bluenoses near me got above their station by moaning for England because the Blues were struggling in the first half – don’t these muppets realise that the Spurs team probably cost over five times ours?

Anyway, I’m glad McLeish stuck with an unchanged side showing loyalty to those who carried us through such an excellent run. Having said that, we looked decidedly jaded in the first half with even Barry Ferguson, the passmaster, misplacing passes although, in fairness to Barry, he never hid.

Most noticeable was the lack of penetration from the flanks with Seb and McFaddie particularly poor in both open play and dead ball delivery. McFadden was also very slow in tracking back which exposed. Liam Ridgewell who already had his hands full. However the back four were generally superb under increasing pressure and it was down to them that the first half remained goalless.

We could even have gone in 1-0 up because after a lovely turn by Chucho he was presented with an open goal but he scuffed his shot straight at Gomez. We livened up considerably in the second half but found ourselves a goal down when ‘deadly’ Defoe fired home following a goalmouth melee.

McLeish then brought on Fahey and then Michel – I thought the latter was particularly impressive not only spraying the ball around but also getting stuck in. He certainly looks good value at £3 million.

We missed a couple of half chances before moving into Fergie time (five minutes!) and it was a sweet moment when a spell of Blues pressure resulted in Cameron heading across goal for Liam Ridgewell to volley the ball home – I’d love to have seen ole Harry’s face! The Spurs even took the p*** by not considering the Ruski for a run out so it was extra special to get a late equaliser especially with Harry holding out for a bung before considering any transfer of his players.

Next up are Wolves and I’m expect I’m like most Blues fans in willing the team to reach 35 or 40 points as soon as possible and I think it’s the latter that will be needed.

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