It’s nearly Christmas and what better gift can you give to a Bluenose than a six game unbeaten run and a packed St. Andrew’s for tomorrow’s game against Nottingham Forest?
Our biggest crowd under Lee Clark’s tenure so far was 19,630 (vs Wolves in April) but tomorrow’s pre-sales have already surpassed that by some distance. It just goes to show, the fans are there. Pricing the fixture at a tenner obviously helps, as does Blues’ recent form. But it is nice to see the club picking a decent game for cheap prices rather than a cold, wet Tuesday night game against Doncaster or Yeovil in March. Regardless of the price though, if Blues are playing well, the fans will slowly return.
With three straight home draws, Blues have to go one better against a ‘funny’ Forest side. Billy Davies’ men are hot and cold- there for the taking, but can probably dish out a hammering as well. With a win tomorrow, Blues could (depending on other results) climb to 12th in the Championship. That doesn’t sound mouth-watering, but it’s a massive improvement on where we were recently (the bottom three). Our season can go one way or the other, which is nice to say as it seemed we were only heading on the downward spiral not so long ago.
I recently went to New York meaning I missed the last two home games (Doncaster, Middlesboro’) and from reports I have read and things I have been told, both games were very mixed bags. Why is our home record so bad? Is it a fear of playing in front of your own fans? Is it the fact that opposition teams will come and be more content to stop Blues from playing? Football is a funny game, and what used to be a fortress, is now a place that opposition love to come and play. Blues have to start picking up home points. Over the festive period Blues take on Forest (home) Wigan & Blackburn (both away) and Barnsley (home). Is this a chance to kick start our season?
It has been a while since I posted on this site (I was formerly Black Country Blue) and a lot of football has been played since then. Opinions have changed, changed back and then changed again regarding the manager, certain players, the music at the ground… Blues fans love a debate. So below are ,my top five players of the season.
DARREN RANDOLPH has more than replaced Jack Butland. But for a couple of errors, he has had a near perfect season and Blues are certainly better off points-wise because of his saves.
TOM ADEYEMI has grown since the start of the season. He has become a man. When he isn’t there, Blues miss him. His distribution has improved a great deal and he has an eye for the odd goal too, a midfield battle-axe who is vital to Blues.
JESSE LINGARD has been making a name for himself. His debut will be remembered for years to come and some of his performances have been top notch. Even when he isn’t fully firing, he is still an asset to the team with his movement and pace.
CHRIS BURKE has been up and down to say the least. But when has been up, he has been as good as he ever was during his first season at the club. People forget he is now 30, playing out wide is a hard position when you are ageing, but still Burke has rampages down the right hand side. If he could add consistency to his game, he would still be the best winger in the league.
LEE NOVAK has come in for much criticism from the Blues fans. I will probably take a bit of stick for choosing him in my top five, but the guy epitomises everything Blues fans ask for. Seeing him run back 60 yards just to block a cross makes him an asset in my eyes. Yes, he must score more, but the majority of people can see, and appreciate, what he brings to the table.
Anyway, before I leave you, I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Keep Right On!