One report described yesterday’s game as not pretty but absorbing and I think that sums it up. The players were committed; the crowd was loud and large enough to pass the big flag around. Steve Bruce was not the only former Blues manager at the game. Barry Fry was in the V.I.P. seating area and received a warm welcome from nearby fans.
I saw plenty of posturing but no real trouble between the two sets of fans and the police said the match passed off without any major disorder. There was even a minute of unity when both City and Villa fans clapped in support of the families of the 21 who died in the pub bombings.
The chances Blues missed were disappointing but the low point of the game was seeing Rhoys Wiggins carried off and finding out later that it’s a serious injury. He had waited so long to get a start and played well. I’ve included a few of my pictures below but if you want to see some great pictures that convey the atmosphere at the game, look at the Guardian’s selection.