Blog: StAn's Fans 26/08/14
Away Day Blues:
The bitterness of losing three points in midweek was as sour as the lemon on my morning pancake, as I headed up to Brentford for the match. The two hour journey was filled with celebrations, yes; the chocolate variety and the Blues fans were in good voice. In particular, the gentleman who almost knocked the drinks trolley by waving his scarf around. Just at the point of getting a 'Numb Bum,' (technical term!) the train rattled into the station and Griffin Park loomed ahead. Inside the ground, the mandatory hot dog was bought and I even splashed out on some tomato ketchup. The stadium with four pubs located at each corner, was sure to be a hit with the Blues fans, but not as bigger hit as the match itself. That blow was as mighty as when Jack felled the beanstalk!
In the 15th minute, a card as red as a strawberry was brandished to the Brentford skipper, for a foul on Donaldson. Up stepped the 'one and only' Paul Caddis to rifle the ball home from the spot. A perfect start; but could Clark`s men hold on? A few minutes past and we were having more corners than an octagon, but with as much luck as opening up an umbrella inside. Wes Thomas, who I can forgive for missing the odd chance on Tuesday night due to his good looks, but considering he isn`t as dashing as Gray, the sitters he missed against Brentford were abysmal. A free header from a yard out sailed over the bar, almost defying gravity. Then the bees came looking for a stinging victim, they were buzzing, (Excuse the pun) and they struck gold in the 78th minute. Odubajo was an inspired substitution by the Brentford gaffer, as 5 minutes after his first touch; he had buried the ball in the back of the Birmingham goal. In my opinion, our gaffer was less inspired. Has he ever heard of attack is the best form of defence? By taking off Donaldson for Gleeson, it is encouraging the opposition to attack you. In turn, allows them more shots, allowing them a greater chance of goals. Clark, made one mistake that game, but it was very, very costly.
That equaliser sent us fans away disappointed, like water extinguishing a fire. Just to top it off, we have Sunderland in midweek. A severe test to what we are capable of and what Clark is capable of. Tactics will be crucial and I believe if you play two up front, and attack from the off, we have a chance.
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- Highlights: Brentford 1-1 Birmingham
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