Another frustrating night for Blues as they fell victim to a very undeserved defeat at the hands of West Brom. Whilst the result was entirely undesirable following our recent run of poor results, I think we can take lots of positives from the defeat. The first 45 for blues was inch perfect- arguably as good as an away performance you’ll see this season. The second half wasn’t as great, but was still a solid away shift. I think all viewers would honestly agree that Blues ultimately deserved more from the game and if it wasn’t for some questionable officiating then blues may well have walked away from the Hawthorns will all three points. However, it’s gone now and we need to move onto the next one and keep fighting to the end, as one big, blue army.
Now, the EFL’s punishment has been felt and Blues find themselves in a dogfight. If anyone was questioning Blues’ attitude post EFL punishment, the performance against the baggies alone is enough to ease a few nerves. This blues team has commitment, passion and hard-work in abundance- all traits which are a necessity if we are to ride this wave of adversity. With Monk and Co at the helm of this committed Blues team, which has taken on the siege mentality all season, I am convinced that we will have enough to overcome this period of difficulty.
Camp 4.5– had very little to do considering we limited a very potent attack to just 3 attempts on goal. However, he should’ve done better with Livermore’s decisive goal.
Colin 7– it was great to see Colin back in the team and he proved just how important he is to this blues squad. He defended superbly throughout the game. He yet again proved why many regard him as one of the best in the league in his position.
Morrison 6– wasn’t quite at his best tonight and struggled at times with the mobility of the Baggies front line.
Dean 7– he looked much more like his usual self. Combative in the air and defended well all night. Has an element of nastiness to him, which all Blues fans love to see.
Pedersen 7– another decent showing from Pedersen, limiting the baggies right flank to very little all game.
Mahoney 7.5* two assists from set pieces highlight the quality he has in his boots. His directness is exciting and his quality when it comes to crossing is dangerous. He’s recently showing why blues should try and keep him at the club after this season. Arguably Blues’ best player on the day.
G Gardner 7– a great header for his goal and put in his usual solid shift. Another player that many blues fans would love to see in a blues shirt again next season.
Davis 6.5– arguably his best showing since coming back. Was back to being his imposing and commanding self in the first half. His quality of the ball faded as the game progressed.
Maghoma 5– Offered very little to the blues attack but provided Pedersen with good protection throughout.
Adams 5– didn’t look at the races at all, was back to being the Adams we saw before the start of this season. Desperately needs a goal to re-kick-start his season.
Jutkiewicz 7.5– his work ethic really is unbelievable. He completely deserved his goal for all the unglamorous work he does for the team. Yet another solid shift from ‘The Juke’.
C Gardner 5– missed another golden opportunity to get blues an important late equaliser in a derby game.
Jota n/a– didn’t really impact upon the game
Vassell n/a– again didn’t really affect the game after his arrival onto the pitch