Date: 13th April 2018 at 4:10pm
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Article by George Yiend

No doubt following Tuesday night’s defeat at Bristol City, there was an air of frustration from the fans, players and coaching staff.

Other results meant Blues could have taken taken a strong grip on survival.

However, it wasn’t to be.

With teams around us not gaining any points, Blues remain three points clear of third-bottom Barnsley.

The performance was decent again, there’s no doubting that. Yes, sloppy goals were conceded but Blues are creating chances and looking threatening which they haven’t always managed to do consistently this season.

Had we taken our chances in the last two games, we may have been safe by now.

Facing Wolves earlier in the season, Blues were outclassed. There was a huge gulf in quality and confidence between the two sides and Blues didn’t cause Wolves too many problems.

Even though it was only a 1-0, it ought to have been more.

Blues are a very different prospect for Wolves now, however. A win for Wolves on Sunday secures their promotion to Premier League and Blues certainly aren’t going to roll over for them.

The confidence around the place, the level of performance and the creativity that is flowing throughout the side will most definitely give Wolves something to think about. Blues are a different side to when they last met. Wolves will know that.

With Barnsley facing Bolton on Saturday, Blues can’t possibly be in the relegation zone come Sunday but we could be much closer to it.

However, there is a strange sense of calm heading into this game. Blues have nothing to lose so why not go have a go?

Garry Monk will have the team up for it and an upset isn’t beyond the realms of possibiity.

Think back to this fixture last sesson. Somehow, Gianfranco Zola’s side pulled a win out of the bag.

Sam Gallagher and Craig Gardner returning to fitness will provide a huge boost to Blues for the run-in.

These remaining four games are by no means easy and results are needed. What a perfect way it would be to do that against your local rivals and delay their promotion party for another week.

A win on Sunday would be huge. Here’s hoping.

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7 Replies to “Can Blues put Wolves’ champagne back on ice?”

  • Just keep the score down is my realistic hope. Bolton or ourselves is the issue.,as regards goal difference.Would love to think we could grind out a draw but they have just too much quality to allow a dogged draw to intervene.Sheff.Utd is the one for me and the QPR games that must produce 4points.

  • Every game we have left is gonna be extremely tough but it’s gonna be tough for the opposition too. I think most of us were expecting a win versus Burton and at least a draw versus Bristol. We are playing well but not taking our chances. This at least gives us hope. Let’s hope it doesn’t go to needing a result versus Fulham. Imagine the scenario if a defeat for Fulham on last day gives Villa automatic promotion.

  • Team selection against Wolves is where our new manager earns his pay. If true what I hear about Grounds returning at left back and Colin reverting to right then fine.However it would not surprise me to see the energetic,strong Harding retain his spot as part of a Three centre backs.To play the same formation that was used against Bristol would I feel invite a two goal against column for each half.That would be fatal as we are currently on a par with Bolton.

  • With Barnsley and Bolton drawing and now Brentford ensuring Wolves are already partying,we certainly have done ok today.My thoughts are straight into the minds of the Wolves players and fans who must surely be in heaven and whether it is wishful thinking on my part-do they really want to bust a gut tomorrow? Not to lose must surely be a reality and pride issue for them which is certainly on the cards but to let us leave with one point would not be a disaster. All set up nicely for a party with them in the hopes of a party bag at the end in the shape of a priceless point.

  • Another player sent off and missed chances again. We actually deserve now to be relegated.Adams sent off,Dean off and last season Robinson paint a bleak picture and I am of the opinion we really do now need to go down and completely rebuild.Davis,Keifenbeld,Gardner all require replacements together with Jukey and Maghoma.Next two games gives supporters and players yet another chance of survival-will the players grasp it or will it be a case of missed chances and poor tackles etc. We may shed a tear if all goes wrong,but the games recently thrown away should quickly turn to a bit of anger.My anger is brewing.

  • Brooklyn….Their obviously needs to be new players brought in and some let go.

    I wouldn’t say necessarily a complete rebuild, I think we have the structure of a decent team. The Wolves game yesterday highlighted the gulf between the two teams, but nobody can deny they have been playing Premier League standard football all season.

    I understand your anger, but leading into yesterday’s game we had averaged one and a half points per game since GM took charge. With that in mind I think we should be grateful because there is no doubt SC was taking us down. At least we have some hope with three games remaining.

    Staying in the Championship is more important for building from a gathering momentum than rebuilding in League One IMO.

  • Cannot argue with those points.Well put. Staying in the championship is everything to us fans but I have so little faith in them that all positivity has been sponged out.Do I expect our midfielders to score?no. Do I expect Adams and Gallagher to be heroes?no. This is why irritation seeps in with anger,the players have great support,great facilities,great wages and a great new manager.Can they or will they deliver something back against Sheffield,QPR and Fulham I hope they do.My belief that they can is very sceptical.

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