MATCH REPORT: BURTON 2-1 BLUES – Inconsistency is not good enough

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Burton Albion were the bogey team of the Blues last season and they’ve clearly carried on that trend after tonight’s defeat.

The game started off well for the away side, they dug deep and pressed Burton but the home team were bouncing and in return, with some early chances, they also made it a good game. It was mainly the Blues who were the more threatening team with more opportunities, but in the early stages Harry’s men just couldn’t get a firm enough grip on the game to open the scoring.

Birmingham welcomed Lukas Jutkiewitz back into the side after injury, but his chances just could not be converted into goals. Burton had a few attempts on goal but couldn’t force anything out of the blues defence… Whereas Blues, on the half hour mark made the breakthrough with an easy cool finish from Jaques Maghoma; a rebounded goal from close range and that’s how the half ended with blues playing the better football.

In the second half, things must have been said in the dressing room asking for more of the same from Harry Redknapp to Blues, but they didn’t seem continue how they performed in the first half, with the home team coming out the blocks quicker. Burton had a host of chances in the second half, and with some clueless decisions in defence, the brewers scored the equaliser in the 50th minute with Marvin Sordell being the scorer. Matthew Parker was a danger in the middle for the home team, he had a couple of chances in the early parts of the second half when they game was sat at 1-1, Blues fans were quite shocked in the crowd after seeing Blues drop off completely with poor defending and allowing the home team to get a grip on the game and stroll past Birmingham quite easily.

There was a delay in the game because of injury to Blues keeper David Stockdale; delays in play has been a frequent occurrence in the opening few matches for Blues, but this one was quite serious to our first choice goalkeeper!
Once the game continued, Burton themselves continued to pile the pressure on Blues just as they did in the two matches last season… Ex Blues loanee Lloyd Dyer has always been a threat to each team he plays against, but has been an excessive one to Birmingham and that proved again in the 66th minute when he gave the home team the lead to make it 2-1, the goal sufficiently helped by some poor defending by Blues. From then on in the home team pretty much defended their line when the away team bought on Isaac Vassell for his second appearance since signing from Luton Town. He had a couple of chances but nothing concrete to give Blues the chance to take home at most a point.

The game was an overall disappointing one after a late win against Bristol City and a frustrating draw vs Bolton. We go again against Reading next weekend, who have started off the season in average fashion.

Team lineups:

Burton Albion:
GK Bywater
RCB Naylor , CB McFadzean , LCB Buxton
RWB Akins , LWB Dyer
RCM Lund , CM Murphy , LCM Palmer
RS Sordell & LS Irvine

Subs:
Flanagan
Varney
Ripley
Sbarra
McCrory
Baker
Fox

Blues:
GK Stockdale
RB Nsue , CB Morrison , CB Roberts , LB Grounds
RM Davis , CM Gardner , CM N’doye , LM Maghoma
RS Jutkiewitz & LS Donaldson

Subs:
Robinson
Vassell
Dacres-Cogley
Kusczcak
Cotterill
Gleeson
Kieftenbeld

Match stats:
Possession – Burton; 52% , Blues; 47%
Shots – Burton; 12 , Blues; 16
Shots on target – Burton; 6 , Blues; 5
Corners – Burton; 4 , Blues; 5
Fouls – Burton; 10 , Blues; 11

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Watched it in pub was back home for 9:20 another weekend ruined by half arsed players ,hope this next week is a massive one in terms of transfer activity both inns and outs because I hope I don’t have to watch some of them donkeys play another league game ,and people will say it’s early but this poor run stretches from Jan

  2. Same old Same old….. Struggle to pass to a blue shirt! To much average in this team from years of underinvestment. Harry should start weeding out the chaff it will take time .You know you are s**t when you are chasing a game 2-1 down and Gleeson is your answer? The only plus was Vassell looks like he will be a good signing when he settles. The rest meh?

  3. If we leave it to this squad we will be in a relegation fight again. I can’t understand why we didn’t buy Murphy from Newcastle.
    Let’s just hope in the next couple of weeks we an bring in 5or6 players who Harry fancies or the man will walk away from these players a lot of them belong in division 1.

  4. None of our midfielders are championship top 6 material. Maybe Ndoye when he has somebody who can pass alongside him. Gardener for me would be nowhere near the first team I just don’t see what he brings other than the odd good shot. Our fulbacks are becoming a problem. Nsue just can’t defend well enough to play in a back 4 and just is not good enough on the ball. We need to switch to a back 5 quickly but I don’t think Harry rates Keita and we need 2 CBs when Shotton leaves.

  5. Opposition managers must tell their players to get at Nsue and Grounds, because neither of them know how to defend. We all know that we don’t have a midfielder who’s good enough to play in this division. ( I would imagine Gleeson played his last game last night ) Ndoye looks slow and flat footed, but he may pick up the pace of the game. Up front we have Adams ( when he’s fit ) and Vassell shows promise. So we need 5 or 6 players to have any chance of finishing in the top half. You can see why Harry only agreed to stay for a year.

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