Date: 2nd August 2014 at 5:12pm
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Birmingham finished their pre-season with another win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle although they had to worry for a few minutes in the second half after the ball was cleared from the line.

The first significant moment of the game was the first goal. Lee Novak, laid off by Gray, dispatched the ball into the top corner 1-0 (8′). Inverness’ Graeme Shinne struck back though, he found space in the box but dragged wide.

Novak kept up the early promise with another strike, saved by Dean Brill from 12 yards. Inverness then made a substitution bringing on trialist Lewis Hornet for David Raven (19′).

Gray maintained his good preseason form with a bright shot forcing a save from the keeper, from 25 yards out. It was Graeme Shinnie again for Inverness, his shot was saved by Randolph (36′).

Blues then found a second goal. Demarai Gray scored after Novak came wide for Gray to smash home 2 – 0 (38′). The score remained the same at the half time break.

After a quiet start to the second half Lee Clark made four changes. Donaldon, Cotterill, Robinson and Duffy all came on. Thomas, Gray, Novak and Gunning came off.

Before the game developed Clark made two more changes as Brown and Shinnie were brought into the game for Gleeson and Edgar (65`).

Shinnie was then involved in a chance, playing in Cotterill to drag his shot wide of the left hand side. Ryan Christie then played in Aaron Doran but Randolph was out to make the block (69`).

Inverness then got a goal back. A corner from the right sent in by the head of Gary Warren 2-1 (74`). Denny Johnstone and Paul Caddis were introduced for Adeyemi and Eardley.

Christie then tested Randolph after collecting the ball he sent a powerful shot towards goal. Johnstone then saw his first chance in Blue tipped away and it almost fell to Donaldson but was cleared by Warren (85`).

Warren was then involved at the other end, his header cleared off the line by Caddis. Gary Warren went from delight and despair to just despair as he tripped Donaldson to give away a penalty. Cadddis converted 3-1 (89`).

The game ended 3-1 in the end for Blues but it rested on fine lines upon reflection on the second half; after Blues all but contained and conquered in the first half.

 

9 Replies to “Report: Blues Win Again”

  • Yes, shouldn’t be conceding so easily. But a lot better defensively than last season, first goal conceded in pre-season! Really do hope Gray plays a lot this season! (Not just because he is aesthetically pleasing!)

  • I hope Gray has the confidence to take this kind of play into competitive games, hes been an inspiration. We have real options on the wings for Saturday.

  • Mistakes will happen in games, we scored enough for it not to matter, good result! Bring on Middlesbrough!

  • I would play Cotterill and Gray. Both very unpredictable for defences. In my opinion, that’s where Burke had a weakness.

  • Good point, unpredictable sounds pretty good to me! I hope we’re not getting carried away here!

  • We are confident, that is what wins do to you, they draw you in! Hope Clark tells them to take each game on by one, I want that first home win to be a full stadium (I know it won’t be)

  • We sure have had our hopes raised.. Get a few wins (especially one at StAn’s!) and I think confidence will be high. Probably because we have a more stable team than last year. Clark will have selection headaches as players are impressing, rather than because he has no players.

  • Exactly right Sask Clark must be feeling like a new man. Let’s hope no one bursts our bubble for a while. I’m looking forward to not conceding two in two minutes every game like last season.

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