Date:Sunday August 21 2011
For a goalless draw against Watford in front of just over 13,000 there was plenty to talk about from Saturday`s game at the Ricoh Arena and much of it was positive.
Despite seeing their side draw a blank for the second successive home game the support for the team was vocal, constant throughout and spread from the singing section right around the ground. The effort and commitment of those playing in Sky Blue was again a pleasure to watch even though the lack of quality in the final third meant clear-cut chances were few and far between.
The protests against SISU were given an inadvertent shot in the arm by the actions of the stewards in confiscating banners and when employees of the club treat paying customers in this way it shows that the relationship between the two parties is now irretrievable. With a gap now until the next home game against Derby it has to be hoped that takeover talk turns from hearsay into something more concrete.
The final whistle brought with it a round of applause for the home side and also some handbags between Sammy Clingan and Chris Hussey which Andy Thorn didn`t seem too concerned with breaking up, reckoning perhaps that the flare-up could actually benefit the team in the longer term.
Clingan once again showed that he is taking ultra-seriously his responsibilities as captain and Thorn`s right-hand man on the pitch and woe betide anyone who doesn`t stick to the game plan as both Hussey and Cyrus Christie found out on Saturday.
Whereas Hussey failed to make the most out of some good possession Christie on the opposite flank looks like a star of the future. His strength is obvious but his speed was also on show against Watford. Both were demonstrated in the second-half by the way he turned a 40-60 ball from Bigirimana into one of City`s best chances of the game by outpacing his opposite number and getting to the byline.
Elsewhere not only did Adam Le Fondre net again for Rotherham but the ageless Kevin Phillips scored two for Blackpool to earn them a point at Brighton. Andy Thorn expressed an interest in the striker when he left Birmingham in the summer but with the financial situation at the Ricoh it was never going to be a goer.
Date:Sunday August 21 2011
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