Blues were unlucky many would argue, after bringing their storming, wonderful, unlikely Blues run to a sudden halt. Blues managed to get a great run going; I don’t think for one minute that the Heskey – Morrison, Savage – Carter, and Upson – Cunningham partnership through the middle of the team will fail to see more familiar spectacular runs.
Heskey got himself on the score sheet again at St. James’ Park, bringing his tally to a rather impressive six goals so far this season, with many more to come I’m sure, the recent Blues’ hero now finds himself top scorer, and boy he deserves it!
Ahead to Tuesday night’s encounter at St. Andrews, Sam Allardyce’s men are finding it hard to keep the form going that saw them in a rather lofty position earlier in the campaign.
Gray may be handed his first start for a month against Bolton after a coming off the bench against Newcastle and impressing. Muzzy Izzet (knee) is still ruled out and inform Emile Heskey aims to score his fifth goal on the bounce. Bruce is likely to field the same side that narrowly lost to Newcastle, but replacing Tebily with Gray…moving Stanley to left back and Gray wide on the left creating more pace and solidarity.
Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is set to return for the trip to St A’s after being rested for the 1-1 home draw with the Baggies. Kevin Davies misses out after picking up a hamstring injury against the Baggies on new years day.
This fixture last year being 6th March ‘04 saw Blues beat Bolton 2-0 the scorers being Bryan Hughes and Mikael Forssell, in that order, a result I’d take again this season, and I’m sure you would too? Maybe you think a few more goals could fly in with Heskey and Morrison on fire?
I’m hoping for a decent game, and some quality football. I honestly believe Blues can push on this season and float comfortably in the middle of the table. The addition of Robbie Blake should boost our attacking options. I predict another good run for Blues, and I feel it isn’t too far away…oh dear, I sound a little like Mystic Meg; let’s just hope my predictions are better than hers.
Sam and Steve would settle for a draw I’m sure, I must admit I think a draw is the likely outcome. You may or may not be aware that Sam and Steve are pretty good pals, and stay at each others house, so this week it is Steve’s turn to change the spare bedrooms sheets and welcome Sam into his home, the last thing we’d want is for a good friendship to split up because of Blues thrashing Bolton, would we…actually I may rethink my last comment.
Anyway enough of the chit chat that I had to get in. Looking at the team available to Steve we are capable of beating Bolton comfortably, but like every week I stress – we have to relax, passing the ball nicely and slickly along the turf, then when we have an opening inform Heskey and Morrison will be able to finish, and finish well, as they have displayed recently.
I feel Blues will have their work cut out, as Bolton look for their first win in a while. A score draw for me.