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GAMEDAY – Blackburn Away

Blues travel to Ewood Park tonight looking to build on an encouraging performance and win against Hull City on Friday.

Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn come into the game in 17th place, nine places and 14 points behind Blues. Their form is patchy; three successive league home wins of late have helped their cause no end but they can’t win away from home for love nor money and it has been 14 league games since they kept a clean sheet (Forest at home, December 14).

Corry Evans may return after two matches out with an ankle knock while Tony Watt may be recalled in place of Elliott Bennett.

Blues

James Vaughan and Nicolai Brock-Madsen are both getting closer to full fitness but neither will feature in tonight’s squad; Stephen Gleeson has overcome a tight chest that threatened to keep him out and he should keep his place. David Davis may be brought in as Gary Rowett has suggested he may go 4-3-3 in this game.

Ref

Stuart Attwell is the man in the middle for tonight. He has taken charge of 34 games so far this season, handing out 92 cautions and three red cards. His last Blues game was the 1-0 home win over Blackpool in which he booked two players including David Davis.

Suspension Watch

One red card (three match suspension served): James Vaughan

9 Yellow Cards: Maikel Kieftenbeld
8 Yellow Cards: Stephen Gleeson
6 Yellow Cards: Diego Fabbrini
5 Yellow Cards: Jonathan Grounds and Jon Toral
4 Yellow Cards: David Davis,  Michael Morrison, Paul Robinson and Paul Caddis
3 Yellow Cards: David Cotterill,  Clayton Donaldson and James Vaughan
2 Yellow Cards: Jonathan Spector and Neal Eardley
1 Yellow Card: Tomasz Kuszczak

The cutoff date for 5 yellow cards to attract a suspension is November 30, 2015
The cutoff date for 10 yellow cards to attract a suspension is March 13, 2016

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102 Responses to “GAMEDAY – Blackburn Away”

  • ChrisG says:

    I always find it difficult trying to read into what GR’s team plans are, he often says he’s gonna ring the changes & then goes with the same team as the last game!!. I have a feeling he’ll start with the same 11 that started against Hull & may possibly change things round depending on how things are going. Blackburn are a bit like blues in their consistancy or lack of it so i’ve no idea which way it’ll go tonight. Gonna be a long day with a 2.30 departure from St Andrews but looking forward to tonight & hope there’s a decent turnout from the bluenoses again. KRO

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Until I see the team sheet, I take what Rowett says with a pinch of salt. He throws a red herring in most weeks.

    • Des says:

      personally cant see any place for Fab tonight unless we atre losing then he may come on for last 30 mins, so hopefully we wont see him!! Don’t mean that nasty just hope we are leading!

      KRO

  • OneEyedChas says:

    That 13th March yellow card deadline is so close Keif n Gleeson can taste it… Sod’s law really that the Wolves game is on the 13th, those games arnt known for passing peacefully… Silly question does that deadline include games on that day? Or is it from midnight in the morn?

  • Dave Mann says:

    A result tonight at Blackburn will give us that confidence and belief going in to the final run in and 4 points from tonight and against the dingles will also keep us on corse , we then have a spat of home games which on current home form is just what we need so it’s getting nervous but exiting and let’s just enjoy it and hope got the best , enjoy your trip up there Chris.KRO

  • .KC says:

    For me and this game would go with Davis in for Maghoma and then 4-3-3 with flexibility to change to 4-1-2-3 or even 4-4-2. But GR knows what he wants.

  • With the normal back four of Blackburn averaging 6′ 2″ perhaps Fab the DON and Toral should play to keep the ball at ground level,….come on SUPER BLUES KRO

  • Bluey says:

    I was quite impressed with Blackburn at Burnley despite the 1-0 defeat so this is another tough one. I don`t see us getting 3 points and i`ll take a draw.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Kuszczak

    Caddis Morrison Robinson Grounds

    Kieftenbeld Gleeson Davis

    Toral Donaldson Maghoma

    That would be my team for tonight, in a 4-3-3. It was good enough to beat Derby away, so should be good enough at Blackburn. We’ll be playing catch-up until the Leeds game, so we need a win to stay in there, as every bugger else is playing tonight too. With the above line-up, a 2-1 win to Blues.

    • ChrisG says:

      I’d go along with that but I doubt very much he’d leave Cottrill out, I imagine if he did play that system he would leave either Davis or Maghoma out, most probably Davis as Maghoma has done well helping Grounds out recently

      • StaffsBlue says:

        As Cotterill is not up to full fitness atm, I’d bring him on for the last 20-25 minutes and let him go at them. Keep it tight for the first hour or so.

    • Dave Mann says:

      Same here staffs. KRO

  • Rob says:

    I don’t think he’ll change anything but if he is going to I’d think the only possibility is Davis in for Cotterill (not that I would). Depends if he wants to focus on being solid or having a go.

    Either way there’s no way he drops Maghoma and rightly so. He offers going forwards and backwards, Cotterill not so much the backwards part. Putting Davis in for Maghoma just loses us a dimension

  • ChrisG says:

    Anybody know how many tickets we’ve sold for tonight?

  • Pods says:

    I agree with Staffs, Davis in for Cotterall, more solid formations.
    This is a game difficult to call, both teams are unpredictable.
    If we are seriously going to make in-roads into the top six, these are the games we need 3 points. We try and catch Derby and not make it one spot up for grabs between 4 clubs.

    KRO

  • Richard Granfield says:

    Blackburn have a lot of tall players, therefore I expect Shotton to replace Caddis.

  • DoctorD says:

    0-0

  • JbfromOz says:

    You are kidding aren’t you.
    Blackburn beat Boro’. 2-0 and we’re unlucky to lose against Burnley 1-0.
    They are a strong side.
    I’ll be happy with a draw…ecstatic with a win..but I fear we will trip up at Ewood Park.j

  • Wingman Blue says:

    1-1. Can’t see us scoring more, but then again I thought Hull would thump us 3-0!

  • StaffsBlue says:

    No changes. Cotterill and Toral keep there places.

  • David L says:

    “Win against Hull City on Friday”
    Christ!
    Beating the league leaders twice in two days!!
    I know we’re good, but didn’t realise we were that good

    If we’ve any pretensions to the P word, a solid 3 points tonight

  • StaffsBlue says:

    .. and Stuart Attwell enhances his well-earned reputation as an idiot.

  • Charlie says:

    Another 2 goals in 3 mins, really need to work on possession, absolute joke sometimes

  • Will somebody swith the lights off,

  • edd77 says:

    All to predictable I’m afraid

  • Shirley Blue says:

    Another poor result away from home but no real damage done with the other results. Sunday at Wolves would be a very good time to turn the away form around.

    • atko says:

      Pathetic springs to mind! When the final whistle has been blown on the last day of the season we will see if there is any real damage done then! My view is the players do not truly want promotion. The fact that teams have been slipping up around us & we are within touching distance of the playoffs should be sufficient motivation for anyone that steps on that pitch wearing the Blues colours. Sadly it’s not. We proved against the likes of Hull, Derby, Ipswich we are more than capable then come up against teams like Blackburn & show no interest whatsoever. We had two extra days to prepare for this but you really wouldn’t have known it!

      • Shirley Blue says:

        Derby lost at QPR. Cardiff lost at home to Leeds. Boro lost at Rotherham. Are they all pathetic? It’s just the way this division is. Our squad is probably no better or worse than Blackburn’s is but we have managed to scrap our way to a few more results than they have. We just have to bounce back at the weekend because we cannot afford any losing runs.

        • atko says:

          That’s nonsense! I can only comment on the performance of Blues and that performance tonight was totally unacceptable! They were going through the motions as if they really didn’t want to be playing tonight. The problem with Blues is there is no fire in their bellies. I think we had less than 6 shots yet again, certainly no more than 3 on target. We were defending from the front against Hull & every player put in a shift. Tonight there was no defending in front of the back four at all. How we are still 2 points behind with a game in hand is beyond me but that is nothing to do with this league, it’s to do with bottle & who has it & right now nobody has it, least of all Blues!!

          • Shirley Blue says:

            Get real. We are not good enough to win every game or even perform well in every game. Most of the second half against Hull was like watching the Alamo and we got a bit of luck with a handball decision. There were unexpected results in a lot of the games tonight – that is just the way it is in this division. The teams around us are just as inconsistent as us.

  • Mitchell says:

    I just hope the penalty that wasn’t given will not detract from a woeful performance. Davis is a must for every away game. Too soft a touch against big players like Blackburn. 9th spot about right if we are true to ourselves.

    • Shirley Blue says:

      I agree. It’s time to change the shape of the team away from home. I expected Davis to start tonight alongside Gleeson and KB to have three in central midfield. Long disappointing night for the 600 or so who made the journey up there but all credit to them – real dedication.

      • atko says:

        To be fair to Gary Rowett it would have been a bit harsh to make changes based on last weeks performance against Hull. I’m sure he wasn’t prepared for us to put in a performance like that just like the rest of us. It was like they were just going through the motions. As Kevan Broadhurst said it was like watching an end of season game with neither side having anything to play for. That has to be unacceptable surely!

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Davis is a must for every game period, as far as I’m concerned. Of course, he’s not the best player in the division, but no one else gives us that in-your-face, energetic performance that he does. No one else puts their foot in and wins the ball the way he does. We miss that in the midfield every time he’s left out. Gleeson and Kieftenbeld are good at what they do, but together they get bullied by tougher midfields. Davis makes up for what they lack.

  • .KC says:

    Dreadful decision by the ref but not to dwell on it our defence for the 2 goals was awful and it was a poor performance. I still cannot understand why we talk up wingers for their defensive abilities when surely they are supposed to attack the opposition full backs rather than let them run rampant the other way round. Still in a good league position considering all the circumstances. Would be great to beat the Wolves Sunday. Agree Davis should have started. Still dream of the play offs but top half of the table would still be a result for me and a pat on the back for GR and his team.

  • Bromsgrove Blue says:

    Bitterly disappointing result tonight after the good win against Hull. I still think we lack a goalscorer as Donaldson is never going to poach enough goals to get us into the playoffs. Perhaps GR should delve into the loan market now seeing that Vaughan and BM are out and don’t look the answer in all honesty. Kro

  • Andrew says:

    Cotterill useless tonight. Same as half of them. Wish GR would switch it up a bit. He has too many favourites.

    • atko says:

      Don’t think we’ll get the best out of Cotts again this season. I think he has his eye on the Euros in the Summer & wants to remain fit for that.

  • Lichblue says:

    That was a hell of a long drive for such a dire performance. Our inconsistency drives me nuts. I hope the real Blues turn up v the Dingles. KRO.

  • Mitchell says:

    I feel we are in a poor state as regards a Centre Forward who can score goals. GR has tried with Donaldson,Brock,Vaughan to no real gain. Don.works hard but this plays against us as we are committed to a style of play which-lets face it-suits the opposition. Fluidity up top is what’s needed and until we drop the one up top sluggish approach that is now becoming outdated,we will remain sterile. Quick feet in the box needed asap.I would even go Toral and Fabbrini as a top two with Don.on the bench against Wolves.

  • swissjonny says:

    Good point Mitchell. With the emotions running high against the Dingles some quick feet in the box could create errors by the pumped up Wolves defence. Much as I appreciate the Don its all too predictable and easy to extinguish now.Furthermore Davis has to play-we need that challenger mentality back.

  • ChrisG says:

    We’ve had a few bad performances this season but that comes close to the worst. I’ve never seen Robbo so flappable & indecisive as he was last night, Cottrill is a joke, Grounds fancied himself as a central midfielder for a lot of the game, i’m sick & tired of saying Gleeson & Donaldson should be dropped, Donaldson I know is hard to drop because we have no replacement (bad management?), but Gleeson constantly bottles 50/50’s & he’s consistantly guilty of giving the ball away, don’t they practice passing in training?. On a brighter note I thought Torel played ok & Fabbrini looked bright when he came on & even managed to stay on his feet. Gary Rowett please reconsider your policy of not playing 4-4-2 before our season fizzles out all together, I know we’re short on forwards but i’d push Torel up frontt with Don due to his height & capability to score, have Fabbrini & Davis in the middle, Maghoma
    left & either Buckley or VSO on the right. He could easily start like this & revert back to his favoured system in the second half, though last night we didn’t seem to have any system at all.

  • BhamCityJulian says:

    No point in being in the playoffs without winning them and this team is inferior to Bruce’s 2002 team. It’s questionable if it’s on a par to TF’s semi finals specialists.

    Two new fullbacks, another centre half, a bossy midfielder and a goal poacher brought in for next season and our chances will be more realistic

    • ChrisG says:

      Julian it’s not the defences fault we’re not scoring mate, overall they’re doing a fairly good job, we have a bossy midfielder in Davis but he’s always on the bench. Rowett constantly plays the same players in the same system & it’s just doesn’t always work, you sometimes need to set up according to who you are playing & Rowett is making it far too easy for opposition managers

      • BhamCityJulian says:

        Unforced errors in defence is not caused by the inability to score enough goals.

        Davis runs around often aimlessly but does not boss the midfield. Now if we’d had Tesche this season I could see him bossing it

  • Pods says:

    We are simply not good enough.
    I think we all trying to stay positive, but reality must kick in at some time.
    This poor performance really makes the Wolves game a must win game.
    KRO

  • Mitchell says:

    I think a striker will be brought in by the weekend. Question is will he be good enough to go straight into the team. I know Dave Mann and myself only want people in who do go straight in.No point otherwise -Vaughan and Brock.for example.

    • Shirley Blue says:

      Who is going to let us have a striker on loan at this stage of the season that is better than what we have already got? Very much easier said than done. The other teams around us are being just as inconsistent because the fact is outside the top 4 there is very little difference between the teams in terms of quality. Fulham are floundering with a £10m rated striker in their team.

      • atko says:

        Anyone is better than what we have because we haven’t a single striker in the club available unless you go down to development level. Donaldson is not a striker. Never has been & never will be. Vaughan should be playing up front for me & the only way he is going to break his duck is if he has some lengthy game time & that for me means regular 90 minutes first team time. A ten minutes here & there or a single game in 5 is no good. That’s where we went wrong with Vaughan so now when we have brought in our striker in the transfer window he was never utilized. Now he is injured & we have to look at the emergency loan system.

        I happen to agree with you though Shirley Blue, bringing anyone in now at this stage that is going to be of use just won’t happen. Players who are on their game scoring are going to be playiing regularly & anyone else would be a gamble given they are not playing for their parent club which would explain a lot! I think we need to go 4-3-3, 4-4-2 or just accept we are screwed for this season because carrying on with our current system is pointless unless you have players who can score goals for fun because as we all know it’s a defensive system designed to counter attack & catch the opposition out on the break.Taking your chances from half chances is essential because the nature of the system does not produce too many chances.

  • Pods says:

    Good call Shirley.
    Yes we need to bring in a striker before the Wolves game, before its too late and we have slip down the league.
    Who is available ??????

  • Hillfield Blues says:

    One step foreward and two back.As frustrating as it is I find it hard to point the finger at GR or the players.With the recourses available we have assembled is a good group but it’s the consistency that your going to struggle with game in game out and if we do somehow reach the playoffs it will be a brilliant effort from all of them.Stuart Pearce said recently that as a manager you should look out for the 7 out of 10 types week in,week out when looking to add to your squad and we have too many that cannot give us that.

    • ChrisG says:

      Hillfield I don’t know if you were at Blackburn last night, but where I was stood quite a few fingers were pointing at GR, I myself don’t find it difficult to poiht a finger at him either, his problem is we’re too predictable, as I said before, same players same system. We’ve now not scored in 4 away games. As a manager you take the rough with the smooth, he’s had his plaudits but now he must face facts that he has to mix things up a bit or become an also ran. After the season we’ve had if we don’t reach the play offs now I would look at it as a failure.

      • Hillfield Blues says:

        No Chris I wasn’t there last night and fair play to you and the 600 or so others that made the effort and had to endure it.My point is that players like Cottrill and Gleeson blow so hot and cold that it doesn’t matter what system GR plays.The problem is that regular performers cost money and its where we’re at financially.If Cotrill was consistent he would be a Premier league player all day.

        • atko says:

          I guess the problem is we got hammered 0-8 by Bournemouth right before GR came in. He knew the first thing he had to do was to get our defence sorted. Being a defender himself he set about introducing a system that meant we didn’t concede too many goals. That is still the case to this day as we all know. Problem is we have a small squad who are all geared to playing that system & nobody has a flaming clue what they are doing when they are asked to do something else because it isn’t in their game. It’s beyond their capabilties because they are not that sort of player. Any team can defend if they work together as a team, follow instructions & get everything behind the ball. Not every team can attack though. Most of our defeats this season have all been our own doing. I can’t remember too many teams that have played us off the park. Most goals we have conceded are through poor defending either through lack of concentration or through our inabilitiy to attack so we lose the ball & expose ourselves wide open at the back. We haven’t the attacking players that can consistently perform. If we had just one or two on the level of Toral we would be in an automatic spot now but we give the ball away too cheaply when trtying to attack which then leaves us exposed!

  • Retired&Weary says:

    I feared the worst when I heard the team news; I don’t think you can play with 2 out & out wingers, especially inconsistent ones, away from home in this league. You lose solidity by being too open.
    Although I don’t particularly rate Davis there is a case for him playing in a midfield 3; we can’t give the ball away much more at the moment anyway! If not Davis, Spector should be considered.
    I would quite like to see a 4-3-2-1 system, with Toral & Fabbrini as a mobile 2 behind the striker. We might even keep the ball a little more.
    Sounds like the defence is getting some of the blame for last night, but to be fair I think the performance of Robbo & co has papered over many cracks in recent weeks.
    Like Shirley Blue says we are still well in touch. If GR persists with last night’s line up/formation, however, I doubt it will last.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I think you’ve hit the nail on the head there, about inconsistent wingers. Wingers get past defenders and put crosses in.. ours don’t do that regularly enough. Cotterill and VS-O are wingers and so is Buckley, but I don’t really class Maghoma as a winger.. he certainly doesn’t play as a winger. He’s up and down the touchline doing a lot of defending, a simlar job to what Novak used to do. I personally think he’s wasted having to do that job.

      We need some mobility in defence. Our defenders are so slow, which is the main reason we defend so deeply. We need to push up another 10-15 yards, which would, in turn, help our attacking game.

      For me, I’d go 4-3-3 with one winger for the rest of the season, except in certain circumstances.

      • atko says:

        Problem is Staffs our wingers are too busy defending so they ain’t in a position to do what they are there to do. That was the problem with Gray, he wasn’t that good at defending either so it was though we were playing with 10 men sometimes. At least with Maghoma he does defend well for us but for him to switch from defensive duties to attacking & produce something for us in an instance is asking a lot at this level. Players capable of doing that would be Premier League level.

        • StaffsBlue says:

          Absolutely agree with all that. Take Maghoma out and Grounds is left totally exposed. We don’t have anyone else who can do what Mags does on that left side. But, that’s to the detriment of his attacking game.

  • Bluey says:

    Good to see a lot more realism spreading through our ranks with many now saying we`re not good enough to go up.I`ve said this all season,anyone who honestly believes promotion is going to happen is simply letting their love of the club cloud the reality of our situation.Bottom line…we are going to be a Championship club next year so let`s hope we get new owners asap,give GR some backing and go for it over the next 2 seasons.Only my opinion of course. KRO .

    • ChrisG says:

      Thing is Bluey we ARE good enough, our problem is consistancy. I’ve said many times that on our day we can beat anyone in this league & they’ve proved that, but they just can’t seem to string results together atm & unless GR changes his system, which he seems reluctant to do, we’ll finish lower than last season

      • Bluey says:

        Quality begats consistency. Ergo if we`re not consistent there`s a reason for it which is we`re not good enough.The final outcome will prove my point.

  • Little Al says:

    Reality check I am afraid , we are not quite good enough, this is no fault of anybody other than the owners, the players are not quite good enough to play at a higher level. They have done well this season in the context of this division, that,s life at the moment we are are a championship team, supporters have got carried away because of our position in the league. The standard of teams in this division is quite poor apart from the top four perhaps, Burnley are the best team, probably followed by Hull, and both of them have retained most of their players who played in the premiership.

    Blues tend to raise their game against better teams but cannot sustain that intensity against every side, GR can only work with what he has got, he has already said there is a long term plan , hopefully he means there will be some more signings and the integration of the youth players. Even if Blues do creep into the play off,s, they are probably not going to win promotion, we can dream and hope but the reality is that we are probably at this stage not quite good enough, however it is still better than the Clark days.Anything is possible but slagging off the players, the manager, and other supporters, is not the way forward , I have been a BLUES supporter for over fifty years and have backed the team through good and bad times. Lets hope the ownership matters are resolved, a few signings are made to strengthen the squad so we can have a realistic chance of promotion in the not too distant future.

    • ChrisG says:

      What owners??????

    • WalmleySteve says:

      Couldn’t agree more. Forget tactics and formations, results and performances like this will come along every so often because of a basic lack of quality within the squad, particularly in the defensive positions. This isn’t the manager’s or the players fault – it’s the shambles in Hong Kong that will condemn us to mediocrity. If Rowett left today, that team would plummet down the league.

      I also think that the current Blues squad lacks physicality and is easily bullied. Most of our players appear slight and puny compared with other teams and I think we need to address this when recruiting players in the summer.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I think that analysis is pretty well spot-on Little Al.

      Like it or not, a decent measure of a club’s individual talent is their wage-bill – we must be in the bottom-half of the table and probably in the bottom 6. The fact we are where we are (and not where we were with LC) owes everything to Rowett and his team. I’m sure they have made mistakes but we are undoubtedly punching well above our weight and we have progressed from last season. Unfortunately, we are just not good enough for promotion; although I recognise it is still a possibility for us.

      Let’s trust in Gary and his long-term plan; he deserves our patience.

    • Shirley Blue says:

      Derby, Boro and Cardiff all lost last night as well. Ipswich could only manage a point at Bolton – are they all not good enough to get in the play-offs because they had a bad night. If when the final whistle blows at the last game of the season and we are in the play-offs then we were good enough.

      • Hillfield Blues says:

        Agreed,the league doesn’t lie.The problem for me is that some fans think that we have a god given right to be in the playoffs ahead of sides who have spent millions like the ones you mention.Anything more than mid table mediocrity is a bonus and a playoff place would be dreamland given our circumstances.

        • Dave Mann says:

          I agree Hillfield , even the teams who have spent millions don’t have a God given right to be in the playoffs never mind automatic promotion , when we’re in the predicament were in then fans who think we have a god given right to make the playoffs are in dreamland… It’s what you produce on the pitch and not what God gave you . KRO

          • StaffsBlue says:

            We’re not the only team having blips at the moment either. Of the top TEN teams, only Burnley ended up with 3 points last night… and of those 10 teams (excluding Hull who didn’t play in the champs,) SEVEN failed to score. It’s not exclusive to us. That’s why we still have as goo a chance as anyone to finish in the play-offs. We still have 33 points to play for.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            *good

  • Dave Mann says:

    Still fighting and not giving up on anything till the season ends , good enough , not good enough ?.. Beat the dingles and things might look different , it’s game by game and our reactions will differ with them . KRO

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I think that by the end of the Charlton game, we’ll know pretty much whether we’re still in with a chance. If we haven’t managed at least 6 points out of the next 3 games, I think we’ll be too far behind to realistically catch up. But, at the end of the day, if we finished where we are at the moment, it will be seen as progress on last season. It could go either way.

    • Bluey says:

      Reactions generally don`t change. Those of us who think we`re not good enough will still feel the same even if we beat Wolves. This squad lacks the necessary skill and know-how to get promotion. Not a criticism of the players or GR who have done great all things considered.

      • Dave Mann says:

        It should also not be a criticism of fans who think we’re good enough or who think we have the know how , time will tell . KRO

        • Bluey says:

          No-one is criticising fans who think we`re good enough.In fact it`s usually those (like me) who can`t see us getting promoted that get the flak. Do you think we`ll be promoted Dave? A simple yes or no will suffice.

    • atko says:

      Agreed Dave. I think most fans can stomach any result provided the team put in a shift. If it is apparent the team are giving their all & they are coming up short then the fans respect that, they respect the players are having a go. When they appear to be going through the motions like they were last night it is difficult to accept that. When you have people describing what looks like two teams with nothing to play for playing out an end of season game wishing they were sunning themselves on a beach somewhere then you have to question the teams real ambitions rather than abilities. I accept we are not going to win every game left to play, I accept that us AND other teams are going to slip up. I accept that the Championship is renowned for throwing up unexpected results at any time throughout the season. What I cannot accept is the fact that our players are not up for the fight for playoffs. If we go down fighting, we can applaud them at the end of the season & say never mind you gave it a go but performances like last night lets themselves down & the traveling fans who paid good money to see us have a go.

  • Richard Granfield says:

    Yet another poor, lacking in quality and no goals performance.
    Why not give Ronan Hale (22 goals in 17 matches) a place on the bench in the absence of Vaughan and Brock-Madsen?

    • Dave Mann says:

      Why not Richard ? .. If an 18 year old forward can debut for Man Utd who nobody had heard off and score on debut and after that score again then why the hell not!!!! KRO

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Tbh, I doubt very much that Rowett would have the courage to put a player that young on the bench. He’s a very cautious manager and that would go against everything he’s done so far. I’d love to see Hale on the bench, he defintely couldn’t do any worse than the strikers that have had a go so far this season… but I just can’t see it.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Premier league cap away games at £30 for the next three seasons , exactly what I said a couple of weeks ago .. So now the championship follow suit and cap championship away games at £20 also if that’s not to much of a problem !! KRO

    • ChrisG says:

      Wouldn’t it be nice for people like yourself, and there are a lot not just from blues, that go to all games home & away, if they could come up with a season ticket to cover home & away games. So as not to over complicate matters they could restrict the number of joint season tickets to say 1000 for every club & do it on a 1st come 1st served deal. For away games as the club is allocated a certain amount you just apply for your ticket as normal & it’s either posted to you or you collect it yourself from the ticket office. Simples!!!

      • Shirley Blue says:

        I would think the main reason you can’t have an away season ticket is that we wouldn’t know what the ticket prices are going to be for 23 games. Prices have varied between £22 and £36 this season. I am not sure the take up would be that high anyway – only 600 there last night understandably so how many actually go to every single away game over a season -500 tops I reckon.

    • Shirley Blue says:

      That would be great especially if it stops the likes of Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday shafting away fans charging nearly £40 for a Championship game.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Yes Chris that would be a great idea …£700 or something for a home and away ticket would work out at just less than £14 a game for the championship and that would be a steel …but it would only work if there was a cap of £20 per away game . KRO

    • ChrisG says:

      Think of all the money you would save on 3 tickets like that, you could afford to lend GR some for a new player!!!. See there’s something good in everything. KRO

  • Richard Granfield says:

    The problem of a home and away season ticket is that the money paid for away games goes to the host club I.e. When we visit the vile next season that money goes to them.
    This puts a lot of work on the ticket office so much so that I cannot see it ever happening.

  • Dave Mann says:

    We know it won’t happen Richard but it’s an option ok . KRO

  • swissjonny says:

    Our away support is magnificent.Vocal, regular and commited.It must be worth the club subsidising it!!!!!

    • Dave Mann says:

      yes Swissjonny our support is magnificent but of late our performances haven’t been good away so we need to put that right at the dingles on Sunday . KRO

  • Mitchell says:

    Looking at the development game yesterday showing Spector,Davis,Arthur etc. GR may have plans for a few changes for Wolves game. I am torn between going for it and possibly getting beat or steady approach and not getting beat. To have Wolves do the double this season is not good. However 3pts is obviously what we must go for and perhaps Spector and Davis may be a decent thought in midfield-although as regards Spector it would be a backward move. At the end of the day it all comes down to not having a regular striker who can score more than we concede. Frustrating.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Unfortunately, Marlon King was the last decent striker we had and, sadly, he’s never been replaced. It’s ok having a tight defence and keeping clean sheets, but it has and always will be goals that win you games.


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