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GAMEDAY – Last Game of the Season

Blues travel to Cardiff in their end of season curtain-call, with Gary Rowett desperate to finish in the table as high as possible.


While Cardiff cannot finish in the playoffs, a win would guarantee them a 7th placed finish above Ipswich. They haven’t lost at home since March 8 but have only won one of their last six games.

Joe Ralls, Fabio da Silva, Lex Immers and Anthony Pilkington may all miss out.


Blues will be missing Tomasz Kuszczak again, along with Jon Toral, and Jacques Maghoma. There has been talk that Charlee Adams and Viv Solomon-Otabor might get a start but a bench position is more likely; an even bigger outside bet is Reece Brown to feature after his dazzling Senior Cup Final appearance.


Peter Bankes will referee this one. He’s been in charge in 36 games so far this season, showing 146 yellow cards and five reds. His last Blues game was the 2-0 defeat to Wolves at home in October – where he booked just one Wolves player.


Suspension Watch

One red card (three match suspension served): James Vaughan; (one match suspension served): Jon Toral

9 Yellow Cards: Maikel Kieftenbeld
8 Yellow Cards: Stephen Gleeson
7 Yellow Cards: Jonathan Grounds and David Davis
6 Yellow Cards: Diego Fabbrini and Paul Caddis
5 Yellow Cards: Jon Toral and Michael Morrison
4 Yellow Cards: Clayton Donaldson, David Cotterill and Paul Robinson
3 Yellow Cards: Kyle Lafferty and James Vaughan
2 Yellow Cards: Jonathan Spector, Jacques Maghoma and Neal Eardley
1 Yellow Card: Tomasz Kuszczak

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30 Responses to “GAMEDAY – Last Game of the Season”

  • AlexT says:

    Do you think there are signs of Reece Brown actually knuckling down now Dan? Or is it just a case that he is too good for the U21’s but too unprofessional for Championship?

  • Jaffa says:

    Any up date on your China trip Dan.

  • Position = 10 th
    Defence best = 10 th
    Attack best. = 14th

  • Nothing ventured nothing gained ….

  • Blue Eyed Boy says:

    Well basically no progression from last seasons 10th position.We know the quality is very very average at best and have perhaps over performed in the first half of this season but 2nd half very mediocre.
    The pressure is now on Rowett and needs to show some enterprise in the transfer market and not rely on lower league players.We need strikers who actually no where the net is. Lets not use the “got no money” scenario,Brentford and Sheffield Wednesday have not had to spend big?
    Hope GR can do IT but have my reservations as to whether he can?

    • Shirley Blue says:

      We fell apart after the Sheffield Wednesday home game when we were winning with 15 minutes to go. Not much has gone right since then. BTW Sheffield Wednesday spent £3m on one player and I would expect have a significantly higher wage bill than us.

    • RichardM says:

      Hmm…Sheff Wednesday spent £10 mill plus on Forestieri and Gary Hooper, while we were getting excited about £1.5 mill for Fabbrini. That’s the difference between making the play-offs and being an also ran.

  • KC says:

    Vaughan looks the part. If only he could play the part.
    What a great game from Robinson. If he is retiring from playing what a great way to sign off.

    • Mitchell says:

      Agree KC.Vaughan does look the part but cannot score the vital goals that we need. With him in for next season along with Donaldson it looks like we may have to depend on our defence getting through a very tough new campaign. Without doubt the teams being relegated from the Premiership will have us on a serious back foot if our current financial state continues.Quality players will be around during the summer and I would expect us to be in a fragile place in order to get them over the line. All depends on the usual HK end of things which hopefully could improve-but we have learnt not to hold our breath.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Vaughan is a little too desperate to score. I think once he gets that first goal, he’ll be fine.

  • mark says:

    well correct again said before we wouldn’t get another 3pts this season how like that tipping steve?

  • mark says:

    congrats leicester won on zero procession stats you just got to give amazing credit, bottom of the premiership for a 140 nights…….and top of the premiership for 139 nights unbelievable once in a lifetime…..we shall see……..burnley 5000/1 to win premiership…..i need rather large whiskey hey you never know……still hope for us yet……..wonder what odds we could get lol

  • Blue Eyed Boy says:

    Vaughan????????????? Oh please NO
    Go for the guy at Walsall, PL loan players.Cant we focus on players that CAN score,are fit and don’t carry injury’s,and don’t run around trying to look the part without any substance

  • carlos1875 says:

    Was a Cardiff today great support for the boys now season over Mr Rowett take a closer look as to why when we go a goal up we can not build on it be very interested to see who goes as we know we have a game against the scum next season and that’s the game when St Andrews will be full and rocking now Mr Rowett over to you

  • Dave Mann says:

    A damp squib is what I describe our end to this season , we played well today scoring one and hitting the post twice and having it cleared off the line twice but that sums up our season perfectly and now it’s time to reflect and do some clearing out in the summer and bring in new blood and promote the young breed … Cotterill and Fabbrini?? .. Pity the season as ended for them as they started looking the part !!…never mind .. Exactly the same as last season 10th and 63 points …it’s time for change guys .KRO

  • Mitchell says:

    I feel Blue Eyed Boy has it spot on with regard to signing loan players who are simply not good enough either injury prone or basically inept at scoring. Fabrini starting to look better and Cotterill showing good form is good but too late for me.If I were GR my first action tomorrow would be to go to the Burton match and afterwards take Duffy back home and give him next seasons new blues strip.That would be an ideal start.

  • Dave Mann says:

    I would prefer him to go to port vale and watch the Wallsall striker than bring Duffy back . KRO

  • I am hoping that with getting loose of around 6 loaned out players that we can afford to sign Tesche and Tomlin and stop gambling on the UNproven , and use Solo, Adams and Brown as back up,….KRO

  • RichardM says:

    I think we’ll miss out on Tom Bradshaw as he’s already in talks with both Reading and Preston (and they’ve got more money than us!) It all comes back to the same problem – HONG KONG. Until this is resolved, people can throw as many names in the pot as they like but we’re still shopping at Aldi. If Vaughan and Lafferty are all we can afford then that’s what we have to go for. Personally it looks like Duffy has had an excellent season for Burton and will be playing in the Championship next season one way or another. I’d prefer to see him pushing Cotterill for a first team place at St Andrews rather than plying his trade at Burton.

  • bhamcityjulian says:

    If the reason out loan players are in League One is because they don’t have the technique, speed of thought under pressure or awareness for the Championship then brining any of them back is a mistake.

    This summer has to be a clear out of some established players holding us back from kicking on. We need some Trevor Hockey, Phil Summerill, Bob Latchford, TF moments however unpleasant and shocking they appear at the time: ie goodbye to Caddis, Grounds, Robinson (as player), Davis, Donaldson. Bring in two new full backs, Maxwell sounds as if he’s ready for Davis’ role; Adams to challenge Gleeson; add Tesche; Vaughan plus one other

  • Bluey says:

    Unless off-field issues are resolved (and quickly) we will be looking at a moderate season in 2016/17. There are some big hitters with big budgets in the Championship and if we don`t give our manager a chance then we simply won`t compete.As i think the club is some way off a change of ownership i feel next season is going to be more of the same.GR has done a good job on the budget but it`s clear he has hit a wall in terms of improving the squad.I`m a lone voice but i`d be looking at a manager like Neil Warnock who has proven he can get the best out of limited squads.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Bluey , your not a loan voice because I’ve been saying it since Febuary so please keep up ok . KRO

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