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NIL NIL TO THE BLUENOSES

06-11-2009

With a game on the horizon against crisis club Liverpool, Blues blogger Andy Munro is in good heart – especially after nil nil thriller versus Manchester City.

Last season, I sat through more matches than I care to remember watching Blues eke out a result of sorts whilst being outclassed and outfought by the likes of Barnsley and Blackpool. Quite frankly it was like watching the proverbial paint dry.

What a difference this season, despite our fairly lowly position, and the match against the monied Mancs was a case in point. Undoubtedly it was the most entertaining nil nil I’ve ever seen in almost 50 years of watching League football – three two to the Blues would have been a fairer result in an end to end game with Man City’s Shay Given appropriately being given Man of the Match.

One of the main differences is that the Blues back line is now so sound that the midfield and forwards can play the ball with confidence without having to look over their shoulder all the time.

Scott Dann and Roger Johnston are becoming an awesome combo throwing themselves into the line of fire whilst consistently winning their aerial duels. The Ridge has temporarily solved our left back problems whilst Stephen Carr must be taking Sanatogen intraveniously…calm and intelligent on the ball and still hovering up any loose balls in the penalty area. A word also for Maik Taylor who was peerless in his handling and judgement even if his kicking was, as usual, as straight as Graham Norton.

In midfield, McFadden was as skilful as any of the expensively assembled opposition although his penalty miss was a weak effort and probably should have been taken by Larsson who put in another energetic and determined performance. In the middle Bowyer belied his age with another dominant performance and Barry Ferguson was continually either on the ball himself or making himself available…shame about his last minute ‘Scotland’ moment.

Up front Cameron and Chucho looked a potent attacking force combining pace, power and (in Chucho’s case) no little skill. Jolean Lescott ended up playing more like Jolene Lescott as he was run ragged. It’s just a shame that we couldn’t make the final breakthrough.

Despite a disappointingly sized crowd those who were there gave some great support including some rousing renditions of ‘Keep Right on to the End of the Road’. Absent Bluenoses don’t know what they’re missing and hopefully if this continues they will come flooding back.

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