GAMEDAY – Burton Albion – AWAY
Blues are prepared to fight in a Friday night clash with Burton Albion, who are currently sat rock bottom in the league with a bitter 0 points from their opening 3 league games.
The Blues are in desperate need of another league win, as a 0-0 bore draw unravelled at St. Andrew’s on Tuesday night. We contested in a really slow paced game where we unfortunately couldn’t seem to find the back of the net, despite Harry’s best efforts at bringing on Jutkiewicz and Vassell in an attempt to snatch a late goal to claim the win, which was held from us by the Trotters.
Cheikh Ndoye and Michael Morrison were forced to be substituted off due to injuries. But Ryan Shotton, who has been heavily linked with a move to Boro lately, stepped in to fill the defensive role of Morrison, who had begun the game as captain.
In usual Blues fashion, we couldn’t seem to find the back of the net and we didn’t have the ability to score. Bolton held us off too well and after some questionable time wasting from the visitors, we had to suffer for just the single point this time.
But we look ahead to brighter things, wondering what tonight’s story will tell, as a Redknapp side will be throwing absolutely everything at a victory tonight at the Pirelli Stadium, infront of a sold-out Birmingham City crowd.
Last season, we found ourselves losing twice to the Brewers, as both results finished 2-0, which proved hard to take as the Staffordshire club then ended the season in a lower position than us, despite our retched season that was then saved by Harry Redknapp.
– Che Adams (hamstring) and Cheick Keita (groin) are both definitely out.
– Cheikh Ndoye could return after a foot injury but it’s not certain right now.
– David Davis looks fine to return after being left out on Tuesday due to a virus again.
– Michael Morrison could play in a protective mask after fracturing his nose on Tuesday.
– John Mousinho (hamstring) and Liam Boyce (knee) are certain to be out.
– Ben Turner and Hope Akpan both with suffer match bans.
– Stephen Warnock (ankle) is doubtful to play.
– Jackson Irvine returns after a one-match ban he was given against Hull City.
Games Played – 2.
Birmingham Wins – 0.
Burton Wins – 2.
Games Drawn – 0.
Birmingham are yet to register a single point against Burton, even in Pre-Season friendlies.
I am hopeful that we will end Burton’s 100% win ratio against us, and we win comfortably win 2-0 to continue the Brewer’s sour beginning to the season, through Jutkiewicz and The Don.
QUOTES FROM HARRY REDKNAPP:
On the Transfer Window:
“The closer to the window closing it gets, the harder it is. People say it gets easy, it doesn’t.”
“I don’t want to go in the last day sitting here like a lunatic trying to find players. I will be glad when it’s closed. I like getting players in well before the last day.”
“People think I enjoy it; I hate it, hate it. All that running around on the last day… it’s not the way to do it, really.”
On Blues season start:
“Great result against Bristol City, the other night was a lack of quality I felt. Wasn’t a great game. Bolton weren’t bad, quite well organised. Three at the back, good system, they made it difficult for us.”
“But if we can get a win on Friday it will be a good start to the season for us. I’d be pleased with that for sure.”
“At the moment we’re getting what we can out of the squad and I’ve been delighted with the attitude of the players, the way they have worked – I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
On the type of game he expects tonight:
“We will go there and it will be like a cup tie, won’t it, it will be a hard game. We have got to be ready for it.”
“They will have a right go. Nigel Clough has done a miracle there, really. I thought last year he could easily have been manager of the year for keeping them up. What he did was fantastic.”
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