At last, a league win at St. Andrew’s. It has been a long wait since that 4-0 drubbing of Millwall on October 1st, but finally, the monkey is off Blues’ back. A single Wes Thomas goal saw off a lacklustre Brighton.
I thought Blues’ deserved the three points. The game needed a goal and the longer it went at 0-0 you feared a Brighton clear cut chance, and it only would have taken one for the game to be snatched away from Blues. So when David Cotterill’s whipped cross was met by Thomas, floods of relief went around St. Andrew’s.
Cotterill was a menace all afternoon, but the biggest welcome change in Blues’ performance was the solidity of the back-four and the legs in midfield. The defence stood firm, in particular, Jonathan Spector was outstanding. But the star man for me was Paul Caddis. I lost count of the amount of blocks he made, attacks he started, throughout the 90 minutes he led the team impressively.
Not to get carried away but the long awaited home win may make a massive difference in the mentality of the fans at home. Now we can hope to see this more often. We only have to wait three days for our next test against Ipswich Town, another tough encounter. Looking at our fixtures at the start of the campaign, I believed that six points from the first four league games would represent a decent start. We’re half way to that now and if we play with the commitment and drive we had yesterday, I’m certain another three points could be on the way pretty soon.
I was surprised to see Paul Robinson on the bench, but the way we defended, I would pick the same back four on Tuesday night if I was Lee Clark. No reason to change it.
Onwards and upwards…hopefully.
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