10 games unbeaten, 3 wins a row and only a point off the play-offs – not bad for a team who were only able to sign 5 players under certain restrictions is it?
Tuesday night capped one of many fantastic performances so far this season for Garry Monk’s Blues and it showed the true togetherness of the club at the moment.
The players, fans and staff are all on the same page and it was on display last night from the 22nd minute tribute to Chloe Kerr and the players messages on twitter dedicating that win for her. I have honestly never seen anything like this and don’t think I will for a very long time.v
Again it wasn’t the best performance considering how we’d be playing earlier on in the season and Reading certainly were the better team in the first half, but Blues held firm and rallied in the second half to take control of the game and take the lead through Gary Gardner – someone who’s deserved a goal the way he’s been performing all season long.
The team was optimised by the 2nd goal of the game. Che Adams showing great strength, desire and determination to brilliantly hold the ball away from a Reading defender whilst get fouled and then deliver a inch perfect cross for the in from Lukas Jutkiewicz who looped his back post header up and over the keeper.
Blues could easily have gone on to score 3 or 4, but it was Reading who grabbed a late goal and Blues held onto a rather impressive 2-1 win.
Now we look forward to Saturday’s game against Wednesday at home where it’ll be very much a similar task for us.
Wednesday are coming back off a heavy defeat from QPR and will be wanting to put a few wrongs right, starting with getting a result against Blues.
However, Blues have showed great resilience recently and are a hard nut to crack as many a side have found out this season. This again is a game that you’d like to think Blues can carry on the unbeaten streak against, but it could be a potential banana skin if we are complacent.
Blues are likely to keep changes to a minimum as we’ve really started to gain monument and the confidence of the players must be sky high right now. Jacques Maghoma is the only new concern after he went off injured on Tuesday night with an ankle injury, he’ll be assed over the coming days to see if he is able to start on the weekend. That being said Mahoney did a real job when he came on and probably should have scored himself, so it wouldn’t be a massive problem if he did start on the weekend.
Here’s my predicted line up for Blues:
Colin, Morrison, Dean, Pedersen
Jota, Gardner, Kieftenbeld, Mahoney
I think Mahoney will start just to ensure Mags isn’t rushed back to early as another prolonged injury is the last thing we need right now.
Wednesday on the other hand will most likely make changes from their disappointing midweek defeat and could revert back to a 4-1-2-1-2 formation:
Palmer, Lees, Throniley, Penney
There are some real talented players in that side, especially the likes of Adam Reach and Barry Bannan – lets hope Dutch Mike and Gardner are ready for the potential midfield battle that’ll be on display.
My prediction for the game is it’s going to be a a tight affair and not much to separate the two sides overall, but I’m going to have to go with Blues to win this one 2-1 with Jutkiewicz and Adams both getting on the scoresheet.
I predicted a win and was right last time so let’s hope for more of the same!
Keep Right On!