Take a deep breath. Relax. I think every Blues fan needs a lie down after Sunday’s emphatic win over Fulham, which ensured we’ll be playing Championship Football next year! It was a game where every single player gave 110%, it meant as much to them as it meant to us in the stands. Today I’ll be rating every player who featured, although they all deserve a 10!
GK: David Stockdale
A wonderful performance from David, who made up for his blunder against Sheffield United, making some fantastic saves, especially on the brink of half time. Also saving us with a fantastic one-handed save against Mitrovic in the second half. 7.5/10.
RB: Wes Harding
Another superb performance from the academy graduate, who seems to have been consistently brilliant since being integrated into the first team by Monk. Wes also latched an assist when he whipped the ball straight into the path of Jutkiewicz. Up against EFL Championship player of the year Ryan Sessegnon, Harding pocketed the tricky winger for the whole 90 minutes. 9/10.
CB: Harlee Dean
Harlee scored his first Blues goal following a two-match suspension, in my opinion the better of him and Morrison yesterday, it’s been a season of many ups and downs (especially for Dean), but he finished off the season ensuring a 2 goal lead against Fulham. 8/10.
CB: Michael Morrison
It’s been a difficult season for Morrison, with Roberts and Dean being the preferred back two under different managers, yet under Monk, Morrison has proved why he deserves to start – especially today. Like Dean and Harding, didn’t give the attack many chances and seemed solid at the back. 7/10.
LB: Maxime Colin
My player of the season, Maxime Colin. The Frenchman has been a rare bright spark during a bleak season, playing consistently well on both flanks in defence under all managers. Fantastic in both defence and going forward, Colin had yet another great game, reading potential attacks well
LM: Jacques Maghoma
Like Colin, Maghoma is in contention for player of the year. Wearing a mask today, Maghoma put in another fantastic performance, despite slipping over a few times! Completing most of his passes and providing his consistent range of skills down the wing, he worked well with Colin on the attack – as well as tracking back a few times.
CM: David Davis
A player of mixed opinions in yesterday’s game, Davis put in a lot of effort for the whole 90 minutes. Making 5 tackles throughout the game, Davis slowed down the opposition’s quick counter attacks. His passing wasn’t the best, making a few long rangers without looking, but Davis still had a solid game.
CM: Maikel Kieftenbeld
Dutch Mike. Where would we be if he signed the right box on the Derby contract? Since being reintegrated into the team, Kieftenbeld has been consistently solid, and showed that today. He constantly won back possession from the get-go and fitted in perfectly within the four midfielders.
My man of the match, Jota bagged two assists yesterday and worked his socks off, tracking back to help Harding during Fulham’s attack. Providing the cross for Dean’s goal, and Adams’ in the last minute of the game. The Spanish winger has been brilliant under Garry Monk, and hopefully will continue to do so next season.
ST: Sam Gallagher
The top scorer at Blues this season, Sam has always given all his effort. Despite a dodgy start, Gallagher endured a fantastic run of form in which he won over the fans. I was quite nervous at start, seeing two tall strikers – but it payed off. He worked well with Jutkiewicz yesterday but was unable to really trouble Marcus Bettinelli.
ST: Lucas Jutkiewicz
Bagged the first goal but missed a couple of chances in the first half, he sliced in Harding’s cross from the right flank early in the first half – sending St. Andrews into Bedlam. Like most, he worked his socks off, and even helped in midfield before being subbed off with 30 minutes to go.
SUBSTITUTE: Che Adams
Coming off the bench and grabbed the third to consolidate the win, and to regain the two-goal advantage. He missed a chance prior to his goal, but comfortably cut past Odoi and slotted in past Bettinelli.
SUBSTITUTE: Craig Gardner
Didn’t misplace a pass after he came on and worked very well in the midfield 4 late on in the game. ‘Unfortunately,’ didn’t get a chance to take the free kick after he came on, in which Maghoma forced a good save from Bettinelli.
SUBSTITUTE: Paul Robinson
Robbo’s last professional appearance, enduring a standing ovation when entering the pitch with a few minutes to go, even interacting with the Tilton fans prior to this – in which many, including me, missed Cairney’s header!
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Words by @_Jackblenkiron
Images by Andy Shaw