May 6, 2017 by Kane Styles.
This time tomorrow, Blues will have retained their championship status, or will find themselves playing in the third division next season.
It has been a rollercoaster of a season, not many would have predicted Blues to be on the cusp of relegation having been flirting with the play-offs in December. But, as we all know, it’s the Blues and anything can happen.
Regardless of whether Blackburn win at Brentford and Forest defeat Ipswich, a win would be enough for Blues to beat the drop. Blackburn have been in the relegation places for a huge proportion of the season, and it would be oh so cruel if Blues were to go down having spent the entire season without being in the relegation spots.
Blues will welcome Clayton Donaldson back in to the squad. Michael Morrison, after making his return last Saturday, will most likely start at centre-back with Ryan Shotton with Jonathan Grounds and Emilio Nsue either side of the pair. Maikel Kieftenbeld, Craig Gardner and player-of-the-season David Davis may all start in the middle of the park having Redknapp fielding the trio during the last two matches. Che Adams, who had his red-card rescinded, will start beside top-goalscorer Lukas Jutkiewicz.
Bristol will be without Blues winger David Cotterill, who is ineligible, of course, due to being on loan from Blues. The Robins have two absentees other than that, Aaron Wilbraham and Gary O’Neil will both miss out through injury. Bristol boss Lee Johnson has spoken of the possibility of giving some young players an opportunity during the game, which wouldn’t be a bad thing for Blues’ survival hopes.
Whatever happens, the fans have been terrific this campaign and no matter what division we find ourselves in tomorrow afternoon, we’ll always be Blues and we’ll always be there. Let’s hope the lads do the job and allow us to look forward to an exciting and promising 2017/2018 campaign. Keep Right On, and good luck – Blue boys.