UK time is: 05:14:18
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Stop Steve Stop 'Pool?

With the threat of Peter Crouch Steve Bruce will be tempted to counteract with the introduction of 6’4” Martin Latka. In point of fact Kenny Cunningham who Latka replaces had no problem at St Andrew’s with Crouch, in spite of giving him 10” in height. Crouch’s aerial threat is more perception than reality. Both Tebily and Bruce who stood in at Reading did perfectly capably and may yet have a say in the starting line up. Skipper Matthew Upson will return.

Liverpool may include the aging Robbie Fowler, a surprise returnee to his Scouse roots. Fowler is a real threat to Blues having scored against us for Liverpool and Man City. A ‘dream’ return is something Blues could do with out.

The other scouser in the team is the key to Blues chances. Steven Gerrard arguably the best footballer in the Premiership, has in the last 12 months catapulted Liverpool from the ordinary to very special. In Blues’ double over them last year Gerrard was not a factor. In the 2-2 draw in the Autumn Blues, in the shape of Damian Johnson, hung onto his shirt tails and only generous officials let Liverpool steal a point.

Damian Johnson got to know Gerrard pretty well during that time as the little Irishman was key in England’s defeat in Belfast. The task was made somewhat easier by the total ineptitude of Sven Goran Erickson who finds it difficult to get the best out of Gerrard. Rafa Benitez has no such short comings and Johnson’s ability to temper, if not negate the England man’s threat is crucial.

Emile Heskey whose last 4 appearances in this fixture have all been victories will be more than happy to continue the run. Heskey’s first disappointing display for sometime occurred on Saturday at Reading and he was replaced by the more threatening Forssell. Steve Bruce is likely to give the big man a start at Anfield in the hope that the occasion and the Finn’s obvious claim’s for his place will inspire Emile into action.

Neither side looked convincing on Saturday but both were in the hat for the fifth round of the FA Cup. Blues need to negotiate a tricky replay with Championship leader’s Reading in order to face Stoke at the Britannia. Liverpool welcome Manchester United to Anfield where one can be sure the fans will re-enforce their reputation with their welcome for Gary Neville.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer:  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 31 2006

Time: 5:15PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Birmingham City Articles

Wigan Destroy Birmingham (Saturday August 30 2014)

Rosler Respects Birmingham (Saturday August 30 2014)

Edgar Big on Birmingham Life (Saturday August 30 2014)

Birmingham Visit Wigan (Saturday August 30 2014)

Man in Charge: David Webb (Saturday August 30 2014)

Scout Focus: Vital Wigan (Friday August 29 2014)

Video: Blues Focus Episode 4 (Friday August 29 2014)

Forssell Solo Effort (Friday August 29 2014)

Archived Birmingham City Articles

List All Vital Birmingham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
17. Rotherham 5 2 0 3 -3 6
18. Leeds Utd 5 2 0 3 -5 6
19. Ipswich 5 1 2 2 -1 5
20. Birmingham 5 1 2 2 -5 5
21. Huddersfield 5 1 1 3 -7 4
22. Bolton 5 0 1 4 -6 1
23. Fulham 5 0 1 4 -7 1

Breaking League News

It just had to be Grabban
» Bournemouth : 30/08/2014 23:46:00
» Wolves : 30/08/2014 23:16:00
We were lacking admits Karanka
» Middlesbrough : 30/08/2014 22:04:00
Early goal sinks Boro
» Middlesbrough : 30/08/2014 21:56:00
Second Half Pleases McCarthy
» Ipswich : 30/08/2014 21:20:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Man of the match: Wigan v Birmingham
Suggested By:  
Darren Randolph 1%
Jonathan Spector 0%
David Edgar 33%
Grant Hall 0%
Paul Robinson 0%
Paul Caddis 0%
David Davis 0%
Stephen Gleeson 0%
David Cotterill 0%
Lee Novak 0%
Wes Thomas 45' 0%
Demarai Gray 69' 66%
Mark Duffy 45' 0%
Clayton Donaldson 0%