Date: 18th March 2017 at 7:14pm
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BLUES 0 NEWCASTLE 0

Sometimes, a point is a point. At other times, it’s far more valuable. This afternoon, Blues put in a workmanlike, organised performance and got their just rewards with a share of the spoils.

It’s amazing what a bit of defensive organisation can do. Although Newcastle had the lions share of the ball, Blues didn’t let up and went toe to toe with the league leaders.

The luxury of having Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle on the bench is something Gianfranco Zola doesn’t have but he does have commitment and togetherness in abundance. Nobody can accuse the Italian of losing the dressing room.

Blues did lack a bit in an attacking sense yet they never appeared to be hanging on desperately. A few half chances came our way and perhaps on another day with a tad more composure, Zola could be toasting three points. But seeing as Blues were written off before the game, this draw is of excellent value.

Many teams are ripped apart by Rafa Benitez’s men – as Blues were back in December. So forgive me for the positive tone of this report.

Playing like this with this much effort and desire, Blues won’t go down. The back five were solid and the midfield grafted their socks off. Let’s hope for more of the same in what will be a difficult run in.

 
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