We did a goal … or three

Adrian at the Carling Cup final at Wembley in 2011

Blues 3 – Walsall 0

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Yes, with a couple of exceptions, it was the ressies, yes, it was a Walsall side heavily featuring the Trialist brothers, but a win’s a win. And, in the end, it was emphatic. 

But it didn’t look that way for the first 40 minutes when Walsall didn’t trouble us and we didn’t trouble them. 

The touchpaper was lit by Medina, of all people. Coming from our nursery club in Spain, Medina’s pretty much been written off as a player, but he looked good, particularly in the first half, even before he curled a lovely free-kick in from about twenty-five yards. 

Second half can be classified as good, featuring the solidity in defence that we’ve seen in the other games, but allied with some sharper stuff further up the field as Walsall increasingly remembered that they been introduced to each in the dressing room before the game. 

“It was Bailey and Miller who provided most of the sharpness in the final third “

It was Bailey and Miller who provided most of the sharpness in the final third, centre-forward Reid not really make much of an impact throughout.  

Miller had already looked lively in the first-half, linking up well with Seddon on the left-hand side. Second half saw him switching wings regularly, which he was able to do easily as he appears to be two-footed.  

Miller showed that he’s got a goal in him as well as he coolly finished after coming in from the left wing into the box to meet Bailey classy pass from the right on 53 minutes. 

Bailey got one himself, in a good display, on 86 when sub Lakin cut it back to him in the box after he’d been fed in by some good work from Seddon, and he finished well. A cutting edge – whatever next. 

A bit earlier Lakin could have had one himself after Miller turned provider and there were chances for Roberts, Reid and Lakin, again, to make the score even more emphatic. 

As well as Miller and Bailey, Dacres-Cogley showed up well and also Toral in his second coming in the first half. 

A couple of players may have boosted their chances of featuring on Saturday when, in the words of Steve Bruce, the ‘real ball comes out’, but it would be a surprise to see many feature against Brentford in the league the week after.  

Blues 3 – Walsall 0

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