Saturday, March 05, 2011

Now I believe...

... that we've won the Carling Cup, having just witnessed a classic "after-the-Lord-Mayor's-show" performance from a cup finalist. Sadly for us it handed three points to our relegation (as well as local) rivals, confirmed we can no longer rely on our home record to see us to safety and put us right back in the mix. Come 5pm tonight and the likelihood is we'll be back in the relegation zone.

You expect the players to have some kind of hangover, but Blues made five changes - three enforced - from the cup winning side. If anyone appeared to be off the pace it was our brilliant manager Alex McLeish. His main tactical substitution at 2-1 down was to take off a midfielder and throw on a third attacker - not our giant Serbian Nikola Zigic, but Kevin Phillips, who contributed next to nothing as our 4-3-3 formation just fell apart. The defending was shocking for all three goals we conceded, and it was incredibly frustrating to watch.

The fact we're now right back in danger of relegation also helps confirm the fact we've won a trophy, as only Blues could end 48 years without a major honour by getting relegated in the same season!

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