Well, what a week at the home of the brave. A steady performance at Sunderland where Blues were undone by a wonder goal was followed by a wonder performance at the Den. There is nothing better than a mid-week win in the smoke. No better place than Millwall and no better manager to stuff it up than the too ambitious Gary Rowlett. Gary was keen to use us as a steppingstone to greater things. He escaped to Stoke and Millwall, how’s that going for you Gaz?
The women added to the feel-good factor with an outstanding drubbing of Crystal Palace at Bromley on Sunday and a scrappy but successful home win against Durham on Wednesday. The equation is simple, Bristol City lead Blues by 4 points and go the Charlton on Sunday while Blues go to Durham. If Bristol win, they are champions and promoted. If they don’t, Blues need to win their final two games to be Champions. Blues and Bristol City meet on the last day of the season hopefully in a winner take all decider.
Back to Millwall. Having lost Austin Trusty to illness before the game George Friend without a game in several months stepped into the breech. Emmi Longelo only made the bench. With respect to George this seemed a strange decision. We need not have worried as the former Middlesbrough man was brilliant. Cool head in trying circumstances showed the youngsters how it’s done.
With Blues a goal up with a wonder goal from Jukey, Blues managed to lose their Goalie John Ruddy. Neil Ethridge with only 4 cup games this season again was fabulous. He was my man of the match in a showing where there were several candidates.
The attitude and the skill level shown in both the two away games has been exemplary. It makes the performance against Stoke even more baffling. I was impressed but a little concerned when Hannibal showed his passion as the game ended gesturing to the Blues fans and then to the Millwall faithful. The Millwall players seemed to be reminding him that doing that stuff at the Den was not in his best interests. The £8m Manchester United signing must be very disappointed that he has spent so much time on the bench recently, yet he was fired up for his cameo at the home of the Lions.
So, to Blackpool at home on Saturday. If ever a team needed a good spanking by us, then surely, they do. The 6-1 result at their place a year ago and being cheated out of 3 points earlier this season is reason enough. No end of season shenanigans from Blues. There is business to be done, 60 points target to attain and a two-finger salute to all those who dared to make us relegation favourites. Our bookmaking sponsors must be happy indeed.
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