A disappointing and frustrating night at St Andrews, as Bolton left the second city with all three points. A very flat atmosphere and an unusually abject home performance from Monk’s men, has left many supporters wondering what might have been as Blues’ three match unbeaten run came to an end.
Whilst Blues’ performance was disappointingly poor, we must recognise a good away performance from Bolton, who came and ‘did a job’ on Blues and successfully completed the double over us. Blues in future need to be better and brighter against teams who come to St Andrews and sit deep, in the hope of earning a point. Monk, now has a week and a half to prepare for the visit of Blackburn, where Blues fans will be hoping to see an emphatic response.
Camp 6– Could do very little about the winning goal. In general, was solid and commanded his area better than he has in recent times for blues.
Harding 5– Wasn’t his finest display in a blues shirt. He showed more purpose than most, when he drove forward with the ball. Has a tendency to be a tad wasteful in possession, especially when it comes to his final ball. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Pedersen return against Blackburn.
Morrison 5- There is a recurring theme with blues and their inability to defend set pieces, an issue that Monk and the skipper need to iron out. Although he spent years training day in day out with Donaldson, he sometimes struggled to handle the former blues striker.
Dean 5– Equally guilty for blues’ defensive frailties against set pieces. Failed to win as many defensive headers, as he usually does.
Colin 6*- A positive in blues’ defeat was Colin’s continued decent form. He defended on the front foot and tried to give a bit of impetus to blues’ counter attack. Probably the best of a bad bunch on the day.
G Gardner 5– Useful in possession, didn’t quite affect our attacking play as much as he would have liked.
Kieftenbeld 6– A positive for blues, is Dutch Mike’s recent performances at the foot of the diamond. He has maintained his endeavour and fight, but seemingly added an element of composure to his game. Whilst in an attacking sense, he isn’t a game changer, his continued technical development should satisfy blues fans.
Maghoma 5 – Often scapegoated by many, but he tried to make things happen, but unfortunately fell short in creating a breakthrough for blues.
Jota 4– Like Maghoma, he tried to fashion an opening for blues, but couldn’t quite manage to do so. He gave the ball away too often in the final third and didn’t quite have the same impact at the front of the diamond, as he had against Forest and QPR.
Adams 6– Worked tirelessly and his runs into the channel were not found or seen. Was swarmed by the Bolton defence and consequently had little opportunity to continue his rich vein of form. Had a huge opportunity to level the scores late for blues, he was perhaps too predictable in his body shape.
Jutkiewicz 5– Had little impact upon the game and won few headers against the big Bolton defenders. He desperately needs a goal to end his drought.
Mrabti 6– Bright, few decent touches and created Adams’ big opportunity at the death. Looks as if he can be of big use to blues in the run-in.
Vassell 4– Played wide right when he came on. Little time or chance to affect the game. First touch seemed to escape him on a few occasions.
Davis 4– Firstly, it was great to see Digga back playing at St Andrews after such a long absence. Looked eager to impress, but was ultimately sloppy in possession. Maybe not the ideal circumstance for his return, but good to see him back out on the pitch all the same.