When we were walking down the stairs of Wembley in February having just watched Blues win the Carling Cup, the song was “We’re all going on a European tour, a European tour, a European tour…” Last week we started with a 0-0 in the first leg, a game we should have won. The old Blues would have started tentatively and maybe gone 1 up and had a nervous time with us possibly conceding a late goal. WELL NOT TONIGHT!!!!
We were FANTASTIC this evening. We played the ball around looking to come forward whenever we can. When we passed the ball, we were usually going forward not like last season where we went across and back, across and back.
Houghton played us in a 442 and we murdered them. We looked like scoring every time we came forward. The star of the show was Nathan Redmond. He scored a terrific goal to put us 1-0 up and was involved in virtually every attack. We swept forward with moves involved Redmond, Burke, Wood. With a little more composure, we could have been 4 up at half time but had to settle for 2-0 with Murphy scoring the 2nd goal.
I liked the look of Burke, but it was Redmond who was the star of the show. Those of my age may remember a certain 16 year old who broke onto the scene to become central to our attacking options. Well this guy IS good enough and I hope that CH plays him in the league.
Although they weren’t tested much, the defence looked solid. Several terrific challenges from Curtis Davies who is beginning to look the business. One was a cheeky back heel which cleared the ball as he ran across it. The ball looked like it was going for a corner but it trickled out for a throw. Cue the cheers!
Chris Wood grabbed our 3rd late on after just missing another chance. We had several clear chances in the 2nd to score, and it’s not an exaggeration to say we could have got 8. If I have any criticism, we need to be a bit more ruthless in front of goal. However, now isn’t the time for that – this is the time for celebrations. We now go into the league and have the opportunity to re-ignite our European pedigree from the 60’s.
Russ took his Grandad who was at St Andrews when we were in the Fairs Cup, well Russ you better take him to every game now!
“We’re all going on a European tour, a European tour, a European tour!”