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.


9 Responses to “Birmingham City 2-2 Luton Town – Report By Jake”

  1. fingles on December 30th, 2006 12:41 pm

    You have emphasised the positive, which is good,but your report hides the poor team selection(3 defensive midfielders, none with pace)
    So, we took to the field with 3 reative/offensive players and 8 defensive players, at home.

    Sums Bruce up.

  2. Dave on December 30th, 2006 1:43 pm

    A lacklustre weary performance that cant be repeated too often between now and May or we will get well and truely ambushed by the pursuing pack.

  3. Barrington on December 30th, 2006 2:16 pm

    We can’t play like that too many times if we’re going to go up. We did miss some creativity in midfield and as with QPR, Bendtner was far, far too elaborate when he got the ball. I’d go with Campbell at Ipswich. The refereeing though, dear God…I’m amazed we were allowed to kick off!

  4. Jamie on December 30th, 2006 7:44 pm

    Worst game since norwich, but when DJ came on i felt he made the diffrence, he streched the back 4 of Luton, and gave people like Muamba a chance to get forward.
    Persoanlly, i think Bendtner should be dropped from the Ipswich game, he didn’t look interested at all, and was looking forward to a night out on broad street.
    If we play like that again this season we will probably be beaten, but overall a point is good beings as we were shite.

  5. Ian on December 30th, 2006 9:50 pm

    Lack lustre proformance, hangover from xmas, lets hope the extra days rest it has given us over Ipswich ends with the same result as we got at Southend, a win! The best thing to come out of Saturday was that we didn’t loose and kept the unbeaten run going with the point. After todays results we are still 6 points clear with a huge advantage in goal difference worth another three points.

  6. Dave on December 30th, 2006 9:53 pm

    Bendy needs dropping……winning the Danish sports personality of the year award will make his ego bigger than David O’Leary’s was.

  7. Rick on December 31st, 2006 1:20 am

    Had to listen on the radio, they weren’t showing it on the screen in the pub when I got out of work – and neither Luton nor Birmingham have an especially large basis of fans here in Sheffield.

    However, it sounded like it wasn’t an evening for playing football, just for being committed and aggressive. As footballers, I’m not a big fan of Clemence nor Johnson – I think we have much better footballers than those. But we’d have benefitted from having those two playing yesterday – they’d have chased everything and been tireless regardless of the weather. That’s possibly why we’re getting sub-par performances (though decent results) recently, as the weather favours the battlers rather than the classy performers. And it’s a shame to see that we’re not a massively battling club compared to most around us anymore, which was the role we traditionally took. Probably why we always did so badly after Christmas historically – did well kicking people for the first half of the season, got outplayed as we moved towards summer.

  8. Adon on December 31st, 2006 1:07 pm

    We really missed Clemence in the middle. There seemed to be no leadership on the pitch.
    The substitutions were again baffling. DJ On – Yes Jerome Off – NO. Bendtner was terrible. Again tried to do to much, never passed and when he did it was to no one. Then he would turn round and blame someone else for his poor performance. He needs to come back down to earth. A trip to the subs bench wouldn’t go a miss. He is still a talent, just requires a reallity check.

  9. Bazzathebluenose on December 31st, 2006 4:43 pm

    I think your report is very accurate Jake. Truly a poor performance but credit must go to Luton who adapted to the conditions far better than we did and were unfortunate not to win. However, although we were poor we were nowhere near as bad as when we played Norwich which was for me the lowest point as a Blues fan since the late 1960s which was the last time we were that bad. Blues kept on battling in adverse circumstances and if the game serves as a reality check then the point gained was hard earned and welcome. The team need to switch on and concentrate on Ipswich who nearly beat us at St Andrews earlier this season. We have the capability to beat them and we will provided that we get back to toughing it out like we did at Derby, Plymouth, Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry. Once again I will be daft enough to be there. Happy New Year to all Bluenoses.


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