Yesterday’s game against Derby was a joys and sorrows sandwich. It started with a little joy as Keith Fahey returned to the Blues squad after several months’ absence. Then there was a huge dollop of sorrows in a dismal first half. But the afternoon was topped off by 30 minutes of joy as Blues returned to winning ways.
I like Fahey so his return cheered me even though he was only on the bench. But the performance in the first half soon swept all cheerful thoughts aside; it was dire and Blues were fortunate to be only a goal down. I have never left a Blues game early but I was so cold and miserable that I started thinking about how nice it would be to be at home, reading a book.
I was encouraged by the substitutions after half time; they signalled that Lee Clark was at least trying to do something to improve matters. When Reilly’s shot crashed into the crossbar the crowd came to life and that’s when the joys began. Wes Thomas wriggled his way past a couple of Derby players to put the ball in the net, Redmond shot and Blues were leading 2-1. There were some tense moments as Derby nearly got an equaliser but Thomas scored again and the 3 points were safe. The win made it many happy returns for the birthday boys: Nathan Redmond, who was 19 on Wednesday, and Jack Butland, who is 20 today. So we no longer have a teenage goalkeeper and it seems that we no longer have a useless loan player from Bournemouth. Let’s hope that Thomas’ 2 goals will be the first of many. We certainly need some.