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BLUES vs Derby

BLUES v Derby

0 -10 mins

Already see the difference Ndaw makes in midfield, Mutch has had a dribbling shot and Townsend has had a soft shot from 6 yards that looped into the keepers arms

Eric Huseklepp

10-20 mins

Lots of head tennis but no real football being played. Townshend shoots, deflected off Huseklepp 1 – 0 to BLUES

20 – 25 mins

A stupid tackle from Davis gives away the free kick and gets himself booked. Derby getting more into the game working the their left-wing and testing new boy Peter Ramage. Ramage does well but concedes the corner.

30 – 40 mins Blues seem to have taken their foot off a bit, Derby becoming stronger and gaining confidence.  Blues defence resolute as normal but then Barker manages to get a free header but it goes over the bar.

40 – 45 mins

Corner to Blues taken by Townsend who gets it back takes a shot which deflects for a corner. Better pressure from Blues thats the 3rd corner on the bounce, Huseklepp’s header hits the bar.

2 min extra time
Derby again in blues box, Davies picks a ‘fight’ with Tyson and wins, good defending by Davies

Half Time Blues 1 Derby 0

2nd half
45 – 50 mins Townsend shows pace down the left and wins a corner, Mutch takes,cleared to Townsend who hits the post, still blues, Ndaw tries a low shot but off target.

50 – 60 mins

Marlon King

Derby are still working Ramage who concedes another corner, counter attack by Blues but no help for King and eventually peters out. Ndaw wins another tackle in midfield and plays a great ball to Burke on the right-wing, great cross, but no-one running in. Townsend makes a great charge down the middle and takes all the defenders with him and plays a lovely ball for King to get the glory and finish with a low shot across the keeper  2 – 0 Blues. Derby sub, Ben(whooo)Davies on for Nathan (whooo)Tyson

60 – 70 mins

Derby attack down the left its crossed and Davies seems to have the box to himself, Myhill gets his hand to the header but not enough and Derby get one back.
Townsend and Huseklepp link well down the left but play comes to nothing. Blues have switched off in defence, another attack and Derby get through too easily and score 2 – 2. Derby starting to improve and appear that they can cut blues in half whenever they choose.

70 – 80 mins
Blues sub Zigic on for Huseklepp. Blues win a free kick on left from a foul on Townsend. Mutch takes it but it comes to nothing. N’daw hits another of his long shots, this time on target but tipped over by the keeper, corner to blues- Mutch takes but too low. Zigic seems to be causing problems, He runs through the middle  but the shot is blocked by 2 derby defenders, both get injured.

80 – 90 mins

Redmond on for Burke to try and get the winner, Blues have control but are getting nowhere. Zigic booked for diving and replay shows that derby got lucky, Can’t moan at the ref, we have given the game away ourselves. Derby subs Callum(whooo)Ball on for Steve(whooo)Davies and Jake(whooo)Buxton on for Tom(whooo)Carroll

4 mins extra time
Townsend again down the left but Zigic fouls needlessly in the box and gives a free kick to Derby. Redmond wins a free kick down the right, Zigic’s header gets a deflection – corner to Blues .Bad corner is swung back in by N’Daw – cleared off the line by Derby. Liveliest 4 minutes of the match for blues but no cigar.

Referee blows for full-time – 2 points lost

What now for Blues?
Complacency is my word of the day.

We now sit 6th and if Cardiff  win their game in hand we’ll be 7th.Long way to go but it don’t seem so rosy lately.

Team:
Myhill; Spector, Caldwell, Davies, Ramage; Burke, N’Daw, Mutch, Townsend; Huseklepp, King.

Bench:

Ibanez, Gomis, Elliott, Redmond, Zigic.

booked Davies(27) King(40) Zigic (89)

BLUES GOALS Huseklepp 19, King 57
Derby Goals Davies 61, Robinson 66

Bluenose crowd – 17996 (Bluenoses 16581, Rams 1,415)
Referee – Paul Tierney

Chris Hughtons Interview

Chris Hughton admitted that his team need to regain the defensive solidity that has been one of the keys to their success so far this season.

Blues looked to be cruising to a comfortable win today courtesy of goals from Erik Huseklepp and Marlon King until a quick-fire double from visiting Derby undid all the good work.

The Blues boss felt that his side had looked uncharacteristically fragile at the back as they twice allowed the Rams the time and space to restore parity.  

“It was very frustrating – to be 2-0 up at home you’d expect to go on and win the game,” said Hughton.

“In the last couple of games we have conceded uncharacteristic goals by our standards, but that happens.

“It’s such a long, hard season and it’s very difficult to go through it without having a few of the lows that go with the numerous ups that we’ve had.

“But we have to learn from this and look to pick things up for the next league game.

“We’ve been so good all season defensively and we need to get back to that solid unit and showing the quality that we have.”

Marlon King slots home his 12th of the season.

Blues may feel as though they have let two points slip through their fingers today but with over a quarter of the season still to go today’s result is by no means catastrophic, as the manager was keen to stress.

“The plusses are that it’s not a game that we’ve lost and it gives us a point that keeps us in the top six at the moment, but we need to get back to winning ways,” confessed Hughton.

“It has put more pressure on the forthcoming matches, especially as you can’t see too many of the teams around us losing too many games.”

One of the main positives to come out of this afternoon’s match was a terrific performance from loan signing Andros Townsend in only his second appearance for the club.

The Tottenham man gave the Derby defence a headache all game with his purposeful forward runs and dangerous balls into the box.

Hughton admitted: “He’s a talent. With all wide players they can be a bit up and down but I thought he was excellent today and at the heart of a lot of the good things that we did.

“He was always a threat particularly towards the end when we were pushing to win it, but I thought his overall contribution was good.”

Blues now look forward to a big night of cup football as they prepare to welcome Chelsea to St. Andrew’s in Tuesday’s mouth-watering fifth round replay.

“At the moment all my thoughts are on this game today,” admitted Hughton. “But come the morning I’ll switch on to Tuesday night’s game and when you’re at this stage of the FA Cup you want to make progress.”

 

by JK Cornwall (Member of birminghamcityforum.co.uk)

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