Date: 18th March 2017 at 7:14pm
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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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11 Replies to “Battling Blues gain valuable point”

  • A point is a point and yes a point V Newcastle is a good point in better circumstances than we find our club. But Zola, should have made changes much earlier and we should not be playing Gardner, in the hole he should be deeper and Adams, should be in the hole. I said before the game that win lose or draw Zola must go and I stick by that he got lucky today and that will be a relief for him and some reprieve on is Job. Not taking anything away from the team as they played well but had Zola started with a more attacking line up and made subs at a time in witch they can actually have a effect on the game we could have actually won the game he let us down he let the team down he let him self down this man is not going to take us anywhere but down. Now it may not be as bad as league 1 but I can not see us anywhere close to a top 6 club under Mr Zola, witch is where we need to be next season all I see is a club set to strudel in the bottom half of the table for the foreseeable future. My verdict A good team effort but let down by a bad performance from the Manager. #winlosedraw ZOLA OUT.

  • The bringing on of Gayle and shelvey would have detered Zola from weakening the team defensively

  • David Village Who said anything about weakening the team defensively taking off Tesche, dropping Gardner deeper and putting Adams in the number 10 would have given us 2 attacking players up front it would not have weakened us defensively. There just isn’t any point in making subs with just 8m” to go they have no time to have any impact on the game. Rob competing well? or hanging on it depends how you look at it. for the last 20m” I felt Newcastle was pushing up to try and win the game they started to leave gapes we could not exploit this because we only had one man up front. I was at the game I don’t know about any of you but IMO had we played with a attacking player in that number 10 we could have won the game in that last 20m” KRO

  • Was expecting a heavy defeat so will take a point. I know where you’re coming from WCB but cannot really complain on the performance. A point against Newcastle is a good result.

  • Sometimes you bring on subs to try and break up the oppositions flow With a break and waste a bit of time . bielik looks another good signing …..

  • I Agree A point against Newcastle is a good result. I Also Agree it could have been even better Zola could have and should have made Subs earlier. I will take the point though.

  • If we had a mcsheffery like he was in his early days that scored around 13 goals and assisted around fifteen i would agree with you …But if all this arguing is doing the club no good then i will bow to your superior knowledge -joseph bcfc

  • My name is not joseph it is Josphat josph for short. David I don’t clime any superior knowledge. I just agree Zola could have and should have made Subs earlier.

  • If he had dropped Gardner back for Tesche and brought on Adams it may have worked but if they had taken advantage of the situation everyone would say why did he take off Tesche who was doing a good job protecting the back line. So it was damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Saying that I do think Juke was isolated and Adams at top of diamond would provide something else for their defenders to think about. Would it have left us more open though?

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