Date: 23rd April 2017 at 3:57pm
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Aston Villa 1 Blues 0

In between all the hype and expectation of a second city derby, it’s easy to forget that three points are up for grabs. And if 90 minutes ever summed up Blues’ season, this was it.

For all the heart, endeavour, blood, sweat and tears – Blues carried very little goal scoring threat. For all of the huff and puff, there was no attacking outlet.

The same can be said for both sides. It was a game of two chances. Che Adam skied Blues’ into row Z when it looked easier to score, Gabby Agbonlahor took theirs. It’s as simple as that.

Of course, Steve Bruce only uses Agbonlahor for the derbies. He spends most of his spare time in the bakery, but you can’t deny him his prolific record against Blues. The fact he only touched the ball twice makes the outcome all the more aggravating. And that is Blues’ season to a tee.

This was a typical Championship derby – very short on quality. Amazing to think Villa have spent £80m to assemble a squad that was no better than their visitors.

Harry Redknapp will have learned more about his squad in the 90 minutes today than he did in the 72 hours prior to kick off.

After a first half in which Blues were the better side, they were feeding off scraps in the second. Bruce had a game plan to keep it tight with Blues’ woeful record in front of goal in mind.

Greg Stewart’s introduction livened Blues up for the final 15 minutes. He put a beautiful ball in which David Davis headed over. Apart from that, there was a worrying lack of composure about Blues in the final third.

You can’t fault the players today. Every single one of them worked their socks off. It just wasn’t to be.

Harry has a plan though. He’ll save us. The organisation shown today was a vast improvement when compared to recent weeks. And that will hopefully see Birmingham City through.

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13 Replies to “Blues lose hard fought derby”

  • Spot on brookyn Harry was seduced out of his attacking game with safety .into a defensive line up . One shot each at goal on target is why it wasn’t televised and why TTA wants exciting football ..perhaps stewart or storer in midfield . Perhaps the juke .gardener , Stewart , Adams , maghoma , and Storer in the last 15 minutes all that score goals has to play for us to win a match ..with frei to get us in the box …what I do know is we need to sign a quality striker in or after the season ends …

  • David did you watch the game? I was there and can confirm that Blues had attacking intent. Sadly we don’t have a lot of quality. That isn’t Redknapp’s fault.

  • I respect what you say Rob and you write a good blog …what I am trying to say is although stats cannot be the endall of winning games ..some stats have to be targeted to be successful …one shot on target will make the goal line technology redundant next season is one we should improve on ..I trust in Harry though kro.

  • We haven’t got one game changer at the club.Not one. Over the awful months we have endured-not one of the match day squad has been able to change our fortune.

  • Our next campaign should centre on big strong hearted players capable of out muscling the opposition.We need a Fred Pickering type of forward with towering defenders and midfielders in the mould of Savage and Carsley. We get overrun and bullied at the moment with feeble players trying to make an average midfield.

  • We have to get the best from the players we have ..if in shooting if you can’t hit a barn door then you have to hit the ball with the barn door …get closer in to goal on shooting so you can’t miss , like many of the all time greats did …

  • A lot of true comments made here and perhaps a drop will allow us to get us the best 22 year olds around from poorer countries before politics take over ..

  • David.A drop would,imo,spell the end of TTA and their funding. No way would they want a third tier club.Mechanisms probably in place already for a jettison.

  • This is why we have to save ourselves. Surely to heaven we can get a win.Every week we have to rely on others-this week it is Villa we need.

  • Rob.yes it is but unlike the Pope or Archbishop of Canterbury I have lost faith and totally shot by what’s gone on. Remember,I am the clot that sent over 15 emails to Panos pleading for a new man to have ten games etc.

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