Biggest win of the season?9
January 27, 2013 by Made In Brum
Burnley 1 Blues 2.
If ever there was a game that Blues needed to win- then yesterday was it. At a freezing cold Turf Moor against an in-form Burnley side, no-one held much hope for Lee Clark’s troops. But a late Marlon King strike earned Blues a massive three points with a goal worthy of winning any game.
Both sets of players seemed up for it at the beginning, both fashioning team huddles. But you felt Blues really needed a win here. The home side had the better of the opening exchanges, Danny Ings headed Ross Wallace’s cross narrowly wide. But it was the visitors who broke the deadlock on 31 minutes. Rob Hall’s right wing corner to the near post was headed home by Curtis Davies. That meant Blues had taken the lead eight times in their last nine outings.
But for a couple of scares, the first half was pretty comfortable for Blues as they took the slender lead into half time. The goal, in truth, was against the run of play, but credit to Blues who were dogged and determined.
Four minutes into the second half and Blues received their biggest let-off. Sam Vokes’ header found Ings who rattled the crossbar with a bullet like shot. The Clarets were starting to test Blues’ resolve and they had Jack Butland to thank after he palmed away Vokes’ side-footer after Junior Stanislas’ cross picked the former Wolves man out. But on 55 minutes, their pressure paid off when Paul Robinson fouled Stanislas in the box and the referee awarded a penalty which Wallace despatched coolly.
Nathan Redmond replaced Hall who appeared to have picked up a knock.
Davies came close with a header before the turning point in the match. Dean Marney lunged into Robinson and was shown a straight red card. Replays suggest the referee was correct. Surely Blues had to push on and win the game from here.
Nikola Zigic was introduced in place of Callum Reilly as Blues went with two up front in an attempt to win the game. Both sides were having a go, the game was full pelt and could go either way. King’s header was blocked by David Edgar before the resulting corner came to nothing. Clark’s men were comfortable and patient in possession, waiting for an opening. Chris Burke and Redmond were finding space out-wide and when Burke’s cross was headed off the post by Zigic, you wondered if the goal would ever arrive.
The big man again came close with his head, this time from Robinson’s cross and Redmond smashed a shot wide. Blues were on top, but time was running out.
Then in the 90th minute, Wade Elliott’s cross found Zigic whose flick dropped towards King. His volley was absolute perfection as it flew into the net for his 14th goal of the campaign. Let’s hope this isn’t his goodbye gift to Blues fans.
Blues had to hold on for five minutes of stoppage time, but did so to pick up a huge three points.
Blues ratings- Butland 7. Caddis 6. Caldwell 6. Davies 7. Robinson 6. Burke 6. Reilly 6. Gomis 6. *ELLIOTT 7. Hall 6. King 7… SUBS USED- Zigic 7. Redmond 6.
Match report by Rob Wildey.
Sounded like we rode our luck a fair bit but at the end of the day was all about the Points more than the performance. So massive 3pts for us to take into the forest game
The finances are in turmoil and no-one knows who we’ll have left come thursday night, made the win was a change from the doom and gloom lets hope we can get 2 wins on the bounce , just for mcjudas
Good to see that we never give up scoring but i hope that we can keep a clean sheet soon.
To many soft goals against us this season.
Any chance of anymore blues fans bothering to travel away from home? 400 was it? Shocking! Took my three sons and didn’t find it too difficult! I think lee clark is a mug i dislike pannu and yeung i’m worried sick about what the next 3 months will bring but i followed my team as i always do! Please tell me why you wasn’t at the game please readers?
Had enough of FA, Prem and Football League greed. Bring in the turnover to wages rule. Stop paying players when clubs in admin while office staff etc get made redundant, the game is corrupt, they are as bad as the Bankers.
How can you have a rule where the players must get paid first, when it is usually their wages that have put the club into administration in the first place, no logic just corruption and greed.
Had enough, still interested in BCFC after going for 40 years but i don’t even watch MOTD or ITVprem cup games, that isn’t what the cup is about, Stoke v Man City!!
Simple pal, can’t afford every away game as well as home
great 3 points but zigics miss when he hit the post instead of scoring was disgraceful,all that wage and i could miss a sitter for free…the guy is shite.
A great three points which are badly needed. The team showed a great fighting spirit, reminiscent of the good old days. Never say die attitude.
To answer your question Matt. I think you will agree the habit of standing up by away supporters is my problem. I’m nearly 81 years and with a dodgy spine, I can no longer stand throughout a match. If I sit down I cannot see because everyone around me is standing.
By the way I never miss a home game on the Kop.
Cheers, and keep up the support mate.
Have to agree with EB, I am a silver away season ticket holder, I take my 80 year old mum, who is a mad bluenose but extremely frail, being a cancer survivor. I only wish that clubs would offer a seperate area for away fans who dont want to stand, rock around in drunken stupours and cause earache for those around them. Not knocking the guys and gals who behave like this as I was there myself once, but not an ideal experience for our grey supporters!