Blog: Boys in Royal Blue 14/08/2014
Why The Brighton Game Could Shape Our Whole Season!
Seems silly to say when we have only played one league game but this game on Saturday versus Brighton and Hove Albion could be a major indicator of how our season could shape up.
It's been well documented that Blues' home form has been, well, beyond woeful. In fact we can't get mentioned on sky sports or anywhere else before a home game without being reminded that we haven't won a league at St.Andrews since October 2013. Hard to believe that we went a whole calendar year without getting beat at St.Andrews in our last Premier league stint, even harder to believe it was under the stewardship of Alex McJudas.
But as far as home games go, this game on Saturday takes on huge importance in my view, if I were Lee Clark the first thing I would have done when the fixtures were released would have been to put a huge red circle around this game......quite simply the sooner the monkey is off our backs regards our home form the better it will be for the Manager, the players and everyone who makes the effort to go to our home games these days.
I for one won't be concerned about the starting line up, who is on the bench, how we play or how many supports sit and moan about this, that or the other........as long as we win this football match!!!!!! Decent home form is something that most of us are used to down the Blues, In recent years, Fry, Francis, Bruce and Mcjudas all boasted decent (not spectacular) home records. (All boasted awful away records mind).
Three home points are often so vital in big home games, of course we are only in the second game of the season so the significance of the points isn't a factor.....but the relief that we will all feel will surly translate onto the players. Winning against Cambridge must have been a boost.....although many still managed to find the negatives in victory.
I myself was at the game on Tuesday and in all fairness I thought we were ok. We could have easily ran away with the game at one point and I think people forget that we came up against a team off the back of a promotion into the football league, buzzing off the back of an opening day victory in what would have been a league debut for pretty much every player and them coming to one off the biggest clubs outside of the premier league in front of 10,000 people for what would have been a cup final for most of their player. Fair play to them and thier fans for doing themselves proud. On a night where 5 (and it could have been 8 or 9) championship teams getting knocked out by teams not to dissimilar to Cambridge, Blues can look at the game and be glad they came though a potential banana skin unlike some others.
The game had many positives for me, David Davis had a very good game, Clayton Donaldson opened his account, which is always important for a Goalscorer and the likes of Cotterill and Duffy showed a lot of threat done the flanks.
Of course today's news that Gavin Gunning will be missing for a significant period is a blot on what was a decent night for the team. My best wishes go to Gunning for a speedy recovery.
Given the extent of Gavin's injury it may force LC to dip back into the market for another defender just to boost the numbers. Especially with our lack of number in defence last season was a major influence on our whole campaign.
Although we have another home game against Ipswich on Tuesday, I would hope that the Manager hasn't even given that game a thought yet..........so important is this game against Brighton.
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