Birmingham City 2-2 Luton Town – Report By Jake
Posted on December 30, 2006
Filed Under Reports By Jake
Sometimes in life you don’t get what you deserve. When that happens in football take what you’ve given and be grateful.
A lethargic Blues were out fought and out maneuvered for the majority of the game by a spirited Luton side. The visitors showed the composure and determination required on a deteriorating pitch to warrant the win yet to Blues credit they showed the resilience that will be required for the rest of the season to snatch a point deep into injury time.
In this league you have to earn the right to play your football. Some Blues players gave the impression in the first half they just had to turn up to win the game. Luton started the game on the front foot and in Rowan Vine had a forward who gave Blues’ centre halves problems all evening with his pace and movement. Having already hit the post with a header Vine scored his teams equaliser on the stroke of half time after Blues had taken the lead against the run of play through Gary McSheffrey, undoubtedly the player of the season so far.
The second half was similar to the first and when Luton took the lead their play warranted with a quarter of an hour to go it looked enough to win the game. Blues didn’t register a shot on target in the second half until the stroke of full time and by their own standards too many players had a game to forget.
Much of the game bought back some memories of the Norwich game in October. The crowd were very quiet for a near full house and maybe could have been more supportive. The fact is we won’t win every game between now and the end of the season and they have to play their full part as well.
Niklas Bendtner had probably his least effective game for the club. The best players at the best clubs are there not only because of their skill but because of their work rate and attitude also. Whilst we must remember he is still learning his trade in his first full season Bendtner needs to keep working at his game to help him achieve the consistency required for his skills to flourish. Cameron Jerome was unlucky to be the one substituted unless he was carrying an injury. Whilst he didn’t have his most effective game Jerome at least showed a battling spirit in the second half. Likewise Mat Sadler who never hid despite poor distribution at times. And this was the difference from Norwich, despite having collectively and individually poor games the team at least didn’t give up.
DJ Campbell made a positive contribution also in a role that probably suits him best at home games – in the Supersub role and using his pace when the game is stretched.
This will be a good point if we get a win at Ipswich which I think will be one of the toughest games in the second half of the season. In the circumstances tonight was a point win. To be at least six points clear going into the New Year is worth remembering too.