Im Pressed(on) or De Pressed(on)? Match Preview

Five games unbeaten, then, and the Blue machine marches on from Loftus Road, back home.  Since our defeat to Wolves, we’ve looked a different prospect, even without Donaldson and Kuszczak available for the side.  Who’d have predicted that before the season kicked off?  In fact, who’d have predicted that, during the second half display against Wolves?  Long may it continue!!

Koby Arthur and Paul Caddis are seemingly wasted, not even getting time on the bench.  Charlee Adams has yet to feature either, but he’ll be more patient, perhaps targeting the third round of the FA Cup bench, along with Cogley?

Wiggins has been an unused substitute, so he won’t be too far off his first start, and perhaps we’ll see him feature as a sub, Tuesday?  Those who said Storer would never wear a Blues shirt again will need to eat humble pie, too, as he has now returned from suspension and seen substitute’s action.  If he can keep his head… he can be a star for us!

Preston, who we drew with twice (2-2 at home and 1-1 away), last season, lost their first three league matches, but knocked Bournemouth out of the EFL Cup, so are still in the Competition we were ingloriously dumped out of by Oxford!  Since their poor start, they’ve picked up decent wins against QPR, Cardiff and Wigan, and now sit in 19th, seven points and thirteen places behind us Blues!

No former Blues grace the Lillywhites’ books, so keep your eyes peeled for the son of Brian May, their number 21, Stevie May.  Seriously, with hair like that, DNA tests are totally unnecessary!

I’m going to predict a confident 3-0 win as we try to hit six games unbeaten, with four wins out of those six.  Goals from Jutkiewicz, Donaldson (assuming he’ll return) and Stewart.

With two ‘winnable’ (aren’t they all?) home matches in a row, against Preston and then Blackburn on Saturday, we really could cement our place in the promotion places before the international break.  Blackburn came from a goal down to be two goals ahead on Saturday to win 2-1 away at Derby, mind you, so we’ll have to be at our best in both upcoming matches!

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4 Comments on Im Pressed(on) or De Pressed(on)? Match Preview

  1. We haven’t beat Preston for about 50 years so it would be a nice change to get three points out of them. If we want to get into the play offs we have to beat teams in or around the bottom three. Something we failed to do last season

  2. Spot on Lich. The introduction of Adams and Stewart has given us an attacking intent that was absent last season. Let’s hope it makes the difference!

  3. It will be a measure of where we are if we can beat these teams as the boys at the bottom of the league when they visit St Andrews are precisely the types we struggle against. Rotherham, Yeovil, Blackburn, Leeds etc and many many more; in fact far too many to mention. It has been a perennial problem for Blues throughout their history and is the reason we have so little in the way of major trophies in our cabinet. The key to getting out of any division promoted is that you have to beat the teams you should beat and theoretically this includes Preston and Blackburn. Whether we will remains to be seen. I don’t reckon you will necessarily have to be that good to get in the top six this year but teams will have to be consistent; there’s the rub though isn’t it?

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