Post Match Thoughts Blues v Newcastle FA Cup 3

I know Baz will produce his match report later, but I wanted to add some thoughts.

I was up in Coventry this weekend bringing my son back to Uni after the Christmas break. He treated me to the game for a change! I have to say I wasn’t looking forward to it after the previous few performances, 1st half v Brentford aside, and was expecting a tonking.

This was my first game of the season, other than watching on TV, so was interested how we would do. There is talk of pressure on Zola, poor defending, failure to score goals and all round just being a rubbish time.

I chatted with some Newcastle fans on the way to the ground, and they were pretty confident of an easy win. I’m afraid I couldn’t disagree. It was also great to catch up with Aylesbury Blue (Mike) before the start, and for a pint afterwards. Tried to see Baz too, but he was too busy in hospitality to mix with the plebs!

Obviously going 1-0 down inside 5 minutes, those fears were seemed to be realised. However, the serious injury to Mitrovic meant there was a long delay before the restart, that probably played into our hands. We all wish Mitrovic a speedy recovery. According to one Newcastle fan, the fear is he has broken his leg. I haven’t seen that confirmed yet though. *Edit – badly cut knee, but thankfully not a break.

After that, other than the missed open goal, Newcastle never really threatened. We gave a good account of ourselves and certainly had the better chances. Shotton and Davies were excellent and Fabbrini looked terrific, but as Mike said – he did get a lot of space. I was also pleased with Cogley who gave a good account of himself too. Jutkiewicz could, and should, have won it late on as well.

For me lots of positives, passing was good and we did create opportunities however we need that killer ball more often. I Have to say though, our set pieces are woeful. Zola needs to fix that. We also gave the ball away too often when not under pressure. However I was happy on the whole, and actually enjoyed the game.

It was sad to see St Andrews so empty though, and especially the whole of the main stand shut. Why couldn’t the club hand out free children tickets to city primary schools with adults paying to accompany them. I’m sure a couple of those initiatives, will not only get the atmosphere going again but also encourage people back.

Anyway enough of me, I’ll stop there and Baz can give a match report.

Kev

 

 

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  1. Yes a shocking decision to shut the main stand!I was contemplating filling up on an all day breakfast at Morrison’s cafe but Mrs Clancey fancied a rollover dog from the kiosk in main stand block c.
    Fair to say I never got to see much of the match as the queue in the other kiosks stretched to the Moon.
    Oh well Mrs C managed to enjoy her hot sausage albeit without the little mustard sachet she smothers over the bun.
    Message to catering dept:
    Please could you provide ample condiments throughout the whole of food service and not just before half time.

  2. I’m sure the club will take your comments on board Bob. On a less important note, did you enjoy the match 😉

    Kev great assessment. The pressure will all be on Newcastle in the replay. They have more to play for in the hunt for automatic promotion too so will be more likely to rotate their squad. We, meanwhile, will have more Zola time to gel our squad to his way of thinking. A win please GFZ!

  3. Russ
    Is it possible you could pass my comments on to the fans forum please. I’m not one to make a fuss, after all most fans go to Stan’s to watch the game.However the shocking lack of attention to detail from the catering dept has left Mrs C openly distraught.
    It’s not the first time too.
    Previous issues include an increase of 10p on the meat and potatoe pies without prior notice and eye level signage.
    I know with GFC we are in a transition period which may explain these current difficulties.
    A couple of extra quality staff employed may help.
    Hopefully we can get a decent result soon and move forward.

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