Blues 0-2 Portsmouth – Report By Jake
Posted on November 26, 2007
Filed Under Reports By Jake
Any Blues fan who thought the 100 year old curse on St. Andrews had been lifted must now wonder what else is left that can plunge the club into a bigger mess than which it currently resides in.
The only consolation is fans can watch Premiership football. How long that will be for is debatable. Like many fans I am fed up with everything. Today’s match was same old same old. I do not blame Eric Black, he can only work with the tools given, though I was puzzled why Seb Larsson was an unused substitute. The football was rubbish, the atmosphere was rubbish, the weather was rubbish and the excuses from the club are rubbish.
Did you know Blues have created the least number of chances this season bar Derby? Today was no exception. Bar one Mikael Forssell effort in the first half and a Liam Ridgewell attempt in the second David James could not have had a more comfortable afternoon. Blues simply aren’t going to score if they don’t create. I have felt Steve Bruce had been at the club for too long and the apathy amongst the fans, boardroom and management team began in our third Premiership season. Since then the club declined slowly despite all the soothing words spoken by the board.
The fans aren’t fooled anymore. We know the board only spend what is earned through tv deals etc. We are still waiting on the infamous big screen television from last Christmas. Does David Sullivan honestly believe that we think even if Lippi, Scolari or Jol joined they would be given money to spend like today’s visitors or our local rivals have ? Are these claims from the same Mr. Sullivan who wants out as soon as possible ? You can fool some fans some of the time …
Steve Bruce may have been given peanuts to spend, that should not make him indefensible as one local radio presenter seems to think. I look at this Blues team compared to our relegation squad and wonder if Mr. Bruce did actually learn the lessons he claims. All I see is a younger version. We must have the slowest back four in the league and a midfield bereft of creativity. There is so little pace in the team we are too predictable. Tactics? Play for percentages seems to have been the only one in recent seasons. If we are “only as good as our strikers” as the previous manager claimed can someone please explain to me why we lost Bendnter, Campbell and Cole in the summer and replaced them with just O’Connor? It does not take a genius to work out that with Cameron Jerome in his first season at the highest level he would need a break at some point whether it be due to injury, suspension or loss or form. That leaves just Mikael Forssell, an injury prone striker. Three strikers going into any Premiership season is simply not enough. Lessons learned?
This takeover saga is no-ones fault but the boards. Everything this season stems from that and I am not interested in them blaming anyone but themselves. For such clever businessmen they have dug a hole for the club that only they can sort out. Whichever way you look there seems to be more questions than answers. If they truly have the club at heart we will see in the next few weeks if their actions outweigh their words.