Philip Ian Murray
I’ll settle for an away point and a clean sheet
We started well against Birmingham City at St. Andrews. Playing the ball out nicely from the back with Moses Odubajo getting in some crosses from the right. Romaine Sayers bossed the midfield and we were the better team in the first half. In the second half it was more even but some strong tackles were flying in from both sides and the referee should have been stronger but let many of the tackles go unpunished. There were some bookings including Neal Maupay who was continually getting provoked. Fortunately, Thomas Frank took him off otherwise he would have been sent off. There weren’t many chances for either side but they had the ball more times in our box than we did theirs. In the second half their forwards eventually realised that if they pushed up it would stop us playing out from the back. This meant Dan Bentley had to kick most of the half. Almost every kick went straight to the head of one of their centre backs. Fortunately, they were equally as poor because they just punted the ball forward for their two strikers and eventually the ball ended back with Dan Bentley who was forced to kick and the cycle kept repeating itself. I would have settled for a point at the start of the match.