Date: 29th April 2017 at 6:33pm
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Blues 2 Huddersfield 0

You can always bank on Blues to do things the hard way. Miss a penalty. Check. Have a man sent off. Check. But for all the circumstances that tried to conspire against Blues, application, organisation and industry prevailed.

Harry Redknapp’s game plan was clear – sit tight, soak up the pressure, use the wide players as the attacking outlet. And it worked. It wasn’t pretty and at times it was downright ugly. But it was exactly what Blues needed.

In the space of 15 minutes, Lukas Jutkiewicz missed a penalty and Che Adams was dismissed with a straight red card. It was set to be an all too familiar tale.

Then four minutes before the break, a Craig Gardner cross was headed across goal by Michael Morrison, Jonathan Grounds was on hand to head Blues into the lead. Bedlam inside St. Andrews.

It was just the tonic going into the interval.

The second half took a similar route. Redknapp’s charges, knowing they didn’t have to chase the game, stayed united and resilient. Although a lot of pressure was soaked up, Tomasz Kuszczak didn’t really have much to do.

With 14 minutes to go, the referee awarded a second penalty to Blues. Jacques Maghoma was clearly unhappy that he wasn’t taking it. But Gardner made no mistake in putting his side two goals to the good.

Redknapp seems to have got a reaction out of the players. In so little time, he has tightened the defensive knots and Blues once again look a cohesive unit.

Although nobody wanted to take the relegation scrap down the last weekend, Blues have a two point cushion over two teams – Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers. It leaves Blues’ destiny in their own hands.

Let’s get the job done in Bristol.

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5 Replies to “Blues’ destiny in their own hands after gritty win”

  • Both Forest and Blackburn will heed to win and us lose for us to go down. I fort Villa would lose to Blackburn and said this was a must win and the team did not let us down. Hopefully Adams red will be rescinded in no way was that a red. Its in blues own hands and its best for it to be. We will do it and Redknapp will sign a 3 year contract. Come on Blues KRO.

  • Great display. However,saddened to realise that my hero manager Bruce is no more. What hollow words about being honest and true found him out at Blackburn.

  • What makes me laugh is how People are going on about Huddersfield’s changes. Wen in fact they made 6 changes for the wolves game and then put that 6 back in for our game. Wagner as been rotating like this all season but now its a big issue. And before the wolves game he made 8 changes you don’t hear anyone talking about that though. They run a rotating system and have the squad to do it the have a very good squad. And in rotating they have kept that squad fit. We won the game and I believe we would have beat them no matter what team selection was used so lets not take anything away from that and to beat any team with 10 men is amazing. Come on you blues. KRO

  • In fact Wagner played same team that got a draw with man city in the cup. Blues still beat them with 10 men and a missed penalty. But I want to give some thought to villa not even trying and villa fans cheering on Blackburn and even whirring Blackburn shirts . I think we all know villa threw the game. But their plan backfired. What a disgrace of a English club.

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