You just can’t beat the soundtrack of the Cov Road on a match day. The burger van generators and calls to purchase “Made in Brum”. It’s like that warm feeling you get when you’ve been away on holiday and you pass that building or shop that lets you know you are only 5 minutes from being home. In the 15 or so years I’ve been going down the Blues, I still get the same feeling every week… even more so on the first day of a new season.
Talking of which, that’s probably a good place to start our weekly roundup.
Blues 2 – 2 Norwich City FC
Saturday saw the return of the EFL football and the Canaries flew into town looking for an opening day win. At the start of a new season, fans are often filled with optimism and excitement but, I couldn’t help but feel our 2-2 draw with Norwich was just typical Blues. Managing to concede the lead twice in the last 10 minutes is literally just about the most Blues thing I can think of.
That being said, with all the issues off the pitch which forced Monk to field 6 academy graduates in the Match Day squad (and two of which made their senior debuts), I thought it was a pretty good performance. It showed that our first XI is good enough to give a decent championship side a run for their money, and if not for a mistake, would have seen all 3 points stay in B9.
There are also special mentions to both Viv Soloman-Otabor and Conal Trueman – both had positive influences on the game, especially Viv with a beautifully taken finish to open up his account for the year. Why not check out We Are Birmingham’s match ratings here for a more in-depth review on player performances. There is a player though, who split opinion, that I think needs a little more analysis…
I’ll be the first to admit it, I was less than complimentary about the Danish debutant’s first half performance. His defensive positioning was literally non-existent in the first half and he was caught out by not tracking the runner in the 2nd for Norwich’s first goal… But, I don’t think we should be too tough on him for his first game – especially when you break down his stats:
Tackles: 5 / Interceptions: 2 / Clearances: 8 / Blocks: 2
One of those blocks was goal saving too. His awareness to fly across from his left-back berth stopped Rhodes in his tracks and allowed the Blues lead to stay intact, albeit momentarily.
It’s also worth flagging that his ability from a dead-ball situation should not be dismissed, everytime we had a set-piece we looked very dangerous. Which was down to the quality of cross Pederson provided.
Give it time, I think he’ll go onto to be a solid addition. Interestingly, I’m not the only one to notice this – WhoScored?.com also picked up on his solid performance and he made the TOTW as the highest rated LB in the Championship.
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) August 7, 2018
Deadly Duo Sign!
In typical Blues fashion, at 5pm and 6pm respectively the club announced the loan signings of Omar Bogle and Connor Mahoney. Now, if you are are We Are Birmingham follower – you would have already known this was going to happen!
On paper – both look like solid signings and no doubt will have a point to prove with both of them boasting less than 15 league appearances between them last year. Both have been greeted in a positive fashion by the Blues faithful online, but only time will tell how other signings will be received.
One potential signing that has been greeted less than positively though, is that of goalkeeper Lee Camp. We revealed yesterday that he has been offered a 2 year contract by Blues, and the overwhelming reaction was negative.
We believe Lee Camp has been offered a 2 year deal with Blues #bcfc
— We Are Birmingham (@WeAreBirmingham) August 7, 2018
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