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Lions Tamed: Millwall Reflections

Here are my reflections on the match between Birmingham City and Millwall

A Resounding Win

Let’s make no bones about it, Blues absolutely deserved this one. They played with purpose and with creativity throughout the game; were stronger from front to back and despite an early penalty miss finished most chances that came their way. Credit must go again to Lee Clark for having the balls to change the formation to negate the Millwall midfield and ensure that Blues kept the lions share of possession in the middle. The clean sheet will have pleased Clark too; Blues defended set pieces better than in the past few games and restricted Millwall to the odd potshot on goal.

Partnerships

Before highlighting individual performances, I think it’s worth pointing out how Blues have become better because of partnerships bearing fruit in the team. Spector and Burke were just immense down the Blues right first half, terrorising the Millwall left back and looking threatening with every attack. Likewise, Adeyemi and Reilly combined well in the middle, breaking down moves and intercepting passes in the first half, and in the second pushing on to support Shinnie and to give Blues an extra dimension in the final third. Crucially, Lingard and Green caused Millwall all manner of problems in the final third with their pace and mobility; both chasing down balls that they had no right to win to force the Millwall backline to have to defend properly and make mistakes under pressure.

David Murphy

It’s been quite a comeback from the Hartlepool-born full back; an outstanding game first game back and then a brace of goals including a free kick which left jaws agape as it arced its way into the top left corner. But it was more than just the goals; Murphy was strong defensively, supported the attacks with excellent runs and passes and generally gave the Millwall right a torrid time. With Murphy back on the scene Blues have a surplus of options on the left hand side and with Lingard scoring the goals both Hancox and Ferguson will have to be patient to get back into the side. If he can stay fit Blues have some real quality in the side and it’s my belief it will tell as the season goes on

Tom Adeyemi

The former Norwich man is fast becoming my favourite and I think was a shout for man of the match for his performance in the middle. He’s settled in well now and with Reilly by the side of him he gives the midfield energy and zip; he breaks moves up but he can (as he proved in the second half) run with the ball intelligently, and he can break into the box to back up attacks – his instinctive follow up of Shinnie’s initial drive was exactly what you’d want to see from a box-to-box midfielder and I have a feeling he might weigh in with a few more goals before the season is out.

Callum Reilly

I have to mention young Callum as well as I think we are seeing a return of the player who broke onto the scene last season. Whilst he could be sloppy at times with the ball as we saw before he struck the ball just wide he will work hard to get the ball back and his attitude and aggression means that we have a real ballwinner in the middle of the park. He dropped back and helped out the centre backs on occasion too when needed and ensured Blues could clear their lines on the odd occasion Millwall look dangerous.

All in all, a good win. Eleven goals and three back to back wins in three home games, now with an added clean sheet and against opposition that we have to beat to keep ourselves out of trouble – it all adds up to some positivity. Let’s hope we can keep it up for Saturday.

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122 Responses to “Lions Tamed: Millwall Reflections”

  • Blue Nose Gaz says:

    Just got back 190 mile round trip just to home games but well worth it tonight, excellent all round team performance, Murphy immense again

  • Jaffa says:

    The only thing missing now are new owners to give Clarke a fighting chance.

  • Ali Duncan says:

    Just got in and very happy.

    Millwall were toothless but still a great display. So many positives to take from the game.

    Three home wins in a row, that’s more like it. Well done Lee Clark!

  • RichardM says:

    Great win, at times we made it look easy – I never felt Blues got out of third gear in this game (becuase they didn’t need too). Millwall were poor – but Bues now look comfortable with the 3-4-3 formation. It made me realise though, just how much Blues have missed Murphy, and I wonder how last season might have been different if he’d stayed fit. The great thing for me though was how relaxed Blues look playing at home now – I’ve slated Clark vociferously in the past, but he really seems to have hit on something with the 3-4-3 so full credit to the guy.

    Aside from Murphy, I thought the real stand ut player was Reilly, he was immense tonight, if we can work on his passing game we have a real gem on our hands.

    I could see the bald headed spectacled one from his box less than 50 yards behind me…..oh for a laser sighted rifle when you need one!!!!

  • maurice walters from thailand says:

    realy enjoyed reading that looking forward to your book,all we need now is news of new owners and i will be a happy bunny KRO

  • Chris W says:

    No question as to the Man of the Match, though it really was a team effort. A much needed clean sheet is an added bonus and shows that they are learning defending set pieces.
    I was a bit skeptical driving over tonight (I live in Nottingham) when I heard yet another formation, 3-5-2-1 I think was quoted on WM, that may have been to confuse Millwall too, but I noticed it was 4-2-3-1, they were never really in the game, Reilly, Lingard and Burke kept them on their toes all night and our defence gobbling up anything that came their way.
    As Dan said there are a lot of partnerships coming together, just hope they stay fit, especially when the heavier pitches come round.
    LC is working wonders with a bunch of boys who are proving to be men, only grumble tonight was some of Callums balls were under hit, but if we score 1,2,3 or and win he can under hit as much as he likes.
    Bolton on Saturday and they are like we were, someone is due a whopping, however I don’t think we have too much to fear if we carry on doing what we are.
    Well done LC and the lads, job done and done with aplomb…
    KRO

  • bluenose says:

    Haha glad I got my predictions wrong when I went for a 2-1 win!!

    4-0 but I got the win right!!

    Callum Reilly again was immense tonight and Adeyemi is starting to look in the same mould as Muamba

    David Murphy – best LB/FB outside the Prem without a doubt!..how we missed him!

    Noses unite..underdogs??? yeah right! bring it on!!!

    KRO!!!!!

  • matt says:

    4-2-3-1 my arse shows how much you know! The system is flexible that is a liquid system the two making a five the 3 making a 2-2 depends on whether your attacking or defending so basically the system other than the kick offs doesn’t really exist! Hong kong fuey strikes again!

    • almajir says:

      Matt, if you’re going to be abusive, don’t bother posting on here. I’ve told you before that I’m not going to tolerate it; consider this your final warning.

      As for your comment – the lineup was given pre-match as 4-2-3-1. Yes, formations are fluid but it equated to that formation generally.

  • Jaffa says:

    Chill Matt.it’s only a game.

  • Art Watson says:

    Congratulations to Clark and the team -Great result!

  • Pete says:

    So where are all those fans who have said we are going nowhere and are sure to go down? Where are the fans who cannot wait to bemoan Clark. Where are all the fans saying the is the same rubbish as last year?

    • Art Watson says:

      Pete,

      I’m one of the fans who think Clark is not the right man for Blues and nothing has changed my mind.I do however recognise a good performance and give praise where due.

      • Chris W says:

        So where is it then, the praise for a well done job, don’t go overboard then, I too was quite vocal of LC last season but appreciate that he had deeper underlying problems.
        He has begged, stealed and borrowed a bunch of players who are prepared to run through brick walls for BCFC and its supporters. Lee Clark is a young up and coming manager.
        KRO

      • Pete says:

        My only issue with him is this change the side if someone does well in training. I get the logic, but some players perform on match days and can be relied upon in a game. However, he has put together a side that last night in the first half played football I have not seen down there. Passing triangles to break through. Millwall were on a winning run and did not know what had hit them. You mark my words when we lose people will be here saying he is rubbish.

        Art tell me- why do you think he is a bad manager? Is he underachieving with the zero money he has had and huge disruption and p*** poor attmosphere around the club?

        • blewnozejohn says:

          I agree.. I have become a supported of LC and how he appears very committed and loyal towards BCFC. One issue I have now is the continued changing of team and formation. One week he seems to have found what he is looking for, the next it changes. I know he and the team should be flexible given the nature of the game, but the team also needs to consolidate and have the opportunity to build on very positive things going on the pitch. However, having seen 11 goals at Stans over the last 3 games, he and the team are on a roll……..

          • chris says:

            i think part of the constantly changing team is a) for tatics, b) for people not able to keep the high tempo 3 times in a week and c) and most important imo it is keeping them at a peak of their game or your out and playing a high tempo.
            i don’t think just cause your doing it in training you get a game, but everyone needs a goal and a route into the team if they aren’t currently in it yet perform in training.
            he’s trying to get them all up for it every match, which is the difference in the championship between those at the top and those in mid table.

    • steve says:

      Calm down Pete.Millwall were worse than Sheff Wed.a very good performance and a great result. Chris Burke M o M in my opinion.There’s a long way to go ,so forgive me for not getting over excited.These last few games apart from Reading were better than i expected.Long may it continue.

      • Pete says:

        I am not getting over excited Steve. But people were on here moaning about him just 2 or 3 games in. Everybody with half an ounce of common sense knew the team would take time to gell and some injuries were critical. I am not saying we will make the play offs, but the fans who seem to revel in coming on here to moan and claim we are going down are no kind of supporters at all.

        However, Millwall had won 3 in a row and were therefore a decent in form team- yet we played them off the park. Why state it is cause they were not much good and give the team the fair share of credit. People coming on here to say “yeah but it is cause the opposition were not much good! sound petty to me. To be fair did we win the Carling Cup cause Arsenal were not good on they? Maybe we just played better and made them play badly. Name me any game where we have won confortably and therefore all of them were because the team did not play well…. No logic.

  • Knowle Blues says:

    Well done Lee Clark and the whole squad. LC on target for Oct manager of month!!

    • Chris W says:

      Though he deserves it does he really want the poisoned chalice….
      Keep the good work and let Burnley’s Manager have it, we know how good a job LC is doing. KRO

  • StaffsBlue says:

    So it’s not all doom and gloom then. Sometimes it’s good to be a happy clapper. Well done to Lee Clark and all the players.

  • Johnners says:

    Loved your pun about Blues having the ‘lion’s share of possession’. More of these hidden gems please.

  • andy says:

    Birmingham are not the finished article yet and that wont happen until investment is made in the team and the threat of selling players has extinguished, so it makes the job Lee Clark is doing or the more remarkable. His and the players “Blue Nose” attitude has been a vital component.

  • dorsetblue says:

    Makes you wonder if we had a little money to spend in the next window the play offs would not seem such a fantasy.

    • Ali Duncan says:

      That is the nature of the division. A few wins on the spin and you can shoot up the table to threaten the play-offs. Who knows if that’s possible?

  • Ted says:

    Good result. Very good team performance. Obviously not good enough for the bloke next to me on the Tilton who texted all the way through the first half, didn’t stand or applaud any of the goals them only ‘woke up’ enough to slag Zigic when he came on. Is this some holier than thou stance? Blind cynicism? Stay home if you don’t care. 30 quid might be f- all to you but it’s a lot to me and if I’m there I support the boys. KRO

  • Masaccio says:

    If we had money to spend in Janauary who would we buy, what position? I’m sure some of the players currently in the squad have earned the right to wear the shirt with some of the performances under terrible conditions this season. COYB! Great result.

    • Chris W says:

      Buy the loan players and bring in some loans to concrete our position, as long as we keep doing what we are why fix it if it aint broke
      KRO

  • Crazy about blue says:

    I was there last night and I thought that mat green worked his socks off for blues last night,taking up great positions and didn’t stop working for the team,he reminded me of Steve clarridge,not great in the air but a bustling menace that doesn’t stop,once he gets the belief that he does belong there he’ll be a top striker. Thought dan burn decent and Robbo as captain is a masterstroke, well done LC

  • dave mann says:

    best performance this season, better than swansea because we played for 90 mins
    and battered them from start to finish, wont single anybody out because that was a
    great team performance, and relegation……i dont think so, on the last 3 home games
    its more like playoff contenders, is it the fact, and ive good contacts, that a takeover
    is sorted that the players have come to life…..maybe.KRO.

  • Frankie says:

    Think Lee Clark has a flexible bunch there and can utilise 15-16 players in various set-ups, not going to use the word formation, as that really effs me off.
    Formations 4-4-2 3-4-3 are only really applicable in Subuteo and are negated when the ‘object’ has legs.
    Best option though is legs and a sense of responsibility, allied to a bit of football nous.
    Great performance last night !

  • Andy W says:

    I’m sure we are all delighted with recent home performances, and rightly so. Lets not forget, each season we are starting with a new side, and that always needs time to gel. It was a great team performance last night, and previous posts highlight those players that deserve a special mention. For me though, watching Jesse Lingard last night made me think……….If Nathan had missed that penalty, I believe he would have disappeared during the game through lack of confidence? Jesse didn’t, and I thought his contribution in all areas of the pitch was excellent. He kept himself in the game, did some excellent defensive work tracking back, was crisp and decisive in his passing and his run for the goal was intelligent. In fact, I think our overall play in the first half was intelligent. We did the right things, at the right time and did them well, albeit against a very poor side. And that’s all we can do. Beat what’s in front of us, and last night we did that well. I’m not going to get carried away though. We allowed them back in the game for a period in the second half where we lost our shape and looked nervous for some reason. And, we will play much better sides than Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday throughout the season, and our performances against them will be the acid test. But more of the same from Saturday, and we can go in to the break with a bit of confidence that we can indeed survive in this division, which for me is still the target.

  • Carlos says:

    Great performance last night all round!! Just read about thye german flag scarf protest on the mail site. Think Its a great idea so you can cheer the team on but Hong Kong are also aware we want the to sell and sod off. KRO

  • AuldBertie says:

    Fantastic win against a very poor Millwall side who looked the poorest opposition I’ve seen at St Andrews since Bristol City last season. At times the fluid passing and movement was on a par with the 2nd half performance against Swansea but there were times when we did tend to switch off and allow Millwall back into the game, notably the first 20 minutes of the 2nd half, but thankfully good defending combined with a toothless Millwall attack meant we were never really in danger. Murphy had a great game capped with two excellent goals and came so close to a third with another a stunning free kick. Burke was back to his mercurial best but my man-of-the-match was Adeyemi who was superb throughout and his workrate was insatiable. Such a pity that there were less than 13000 Bluenoses there to witness another excellent home performance. Let’s hope we can continue in this vein on Saturday and hopefully have a few more in the stadium to support the boys to another vital three points although as it’s on Sky Sports my fear is that the crowd will be even lower.

    • Ali Duncan says:

      Totally agree. Millwall were the worst team since Bristol last October. Good to keep some perspective as Millwall were truly awful. I was on the train back with a group of them and they were NOT happy.

      As we’ve seen this season better teams will punish us but there is no reason why we can’t compete with them based on the momentum of good form against the poorer sides and the confidence that brings.

      It looks like LC has finally found a formula to get the team to play well at home and that will be key to achieving a mid-table finish which I think is more than realistic. Looking forward to, hopefully, more of the same against Derby!

      KRO

      • AuldBertie says:

        Derby? – Steady on Ali we have to play Bolton first :)

        • Ali Duncan says:

          Too true. That is what I meant but looking forward to Derby too :)

          • Pete says:

            Absolute tripe. They were awful yes, because a form side were made to look awful after being ripped apart. Look at this orgininal post, it is one bit of grudging praise then a moan, followed by another moan, followed by a – yep you guessed it- another moan.

            In the last 5 games we have:

            a) Out played the best and most expensive side in the league.
            b) Thrashed Sheff W.
            c) Beaten one of the best footballign sides in the country and beaten them, showing doggedness in the first half.
            d) Been beaten, but halve been an equal match accept set pieces against a prem side from last year.
            e) Thrashed a side that had won 3 in a row.

            What is wrong with some people!!!!

      • Chris W says:

        People keep saying how poor Millwall were, maybe so, but maybe that was because we played so well, credit where credit is due.
        Last week it was how poor Swansea were in all the national papers and nothing mentioned how organised BCFC were.
        A few weeks ago all the LC bashers were asking where are the goals coming from, 3 home games, 11 goals 6 different goal scorers.
        Who gives an ounce how bad the opposition are whether we win 1-0 or 11-10, points are what count, if teams turn up and play poorly the 3, 4 goals is a bonus.
        At present I am enjoying a little glory. It gives confidence for when we do come across teams who are looking at promotion, like you, a mid-table finish has to be our aim this season.
        KRO

  • mark says:

    mauled more like than tamed Murphy could have had a hat-trick, missed penalty, burke had chances…..the list goes on……….should been 10-0 a half-time….. if this was a boxing match lions should have been counted out………… hey but i happyyyyyyyyyyyy… gosh it only right we save some for Bolton………..Clark got it spot on again…………all those clark doer have run for cover……………..nothing like getting your money worth aint it down the stans………….kro

    • steve says:

      Sorry Mark,i still want Clark out.

      • Pete says:

        Steve- I am still awaiting to hear your logical reasons why? Also, whilst you are at it can you explain who you think is better than would actually come? Genuine question and hoping for a genuine explanation

  • pierre says:

    how was Pannu greeted?

    • AuldBertie says:

      I heard one chant of “Peter Pannu – what w****r” in the 2nd half from my seat in the Tilton but those sitting nearer to him may have been a bit more vociferous.

  • mark says:

    Dan – just noted again you appear to be dishing out more yellow cards than the bloody refs………

  • DoctorD says:

    Don’t want to get too hung up on formations — as Dan says, more important are the partnerships being formed between players, such as down the flanks. It’s looking positive though.

  • Bob Your Uncle says:

    Another real pleasing result, I believe we may have good times ahead of us and these young players are really gelling together. Adeyemi and Reilly can really put a shift in, Reilly gave the ball away in some bad areas but I’m sure Lee Clark will be drilling it into him about that. David Murphy was excellent, he has always been a class player and as long as we keep him fit, I agree with Clark that we probably have the best fullback in the division right there. Burke and Lingard terrorized their fullbacks the whole night and I love how they all drifted off each other, very pleasing to watch. More of the same on Saturday please. Keep Right On!

  • dave mann says:

    as i said great result last night but we must do it again saturday against bolton, 3 poimts
    and a 2 goal margin takes us 12th cuz of early kick off and away from the bottom but
    then weve got derby and leeds away so mega important to keep this home form going,
    11 goals in 3 gmes, who would have thought it! KRO.

  • JohnR says:

    There are a few saying that we won because Millwall were poor. In my view that was because of Lee Clark’s tactical changes. When I saw how we were lining up I admit to being very worried and thought why is he changing it again. Shows what I know Clark got it spot on.
    Don’t forget Millwall had won their 3 previous games but we completely nullified them. Their players were big, strong and powerful and they tried to bully us but we stood up to them and beat them with skill. Blues really impressed me KRO.

  • Tony says:

    Well I am one of those who think Clark is not the man for this job And I want him out, however it was a good win against a toothless Mllwall side.
    He messed with the formation again but it turned out ok in the end,however we are still only 17 in the table, still a lot to be done.
    I said at the start of the season Murphy was a most important player good defender who carries a goal threat I also said this squad is good enough for 10-12 place so Clark has to get his arse in gear.

    • oldburyblue says:

      What a strange thing to say Tony. After the last 3 home game results you still don’t think that LC has his arse in gear?

      • steve says:

        Let’s wait until we play some quality sides.

        • Blue in Spain says:

          Yes Swansea are so ordinary, and Millwall only won their last three prior to this match. You say you want Clark out, who would replace him? The fact is most of us happy clappers as the whingers call us, can see we are actually playing good football, and despite a slow start have not been outplayed by anyone, except possibly Burnley!

          • steve says:

            Swansea made 10 changes and hammered us first half. You obviously didn’t see Millwall and Wednrsday. How many times have you seen them? As for Clark,i know he isn’t gonna be replaced,but it doesn’t stop me wanting him out. The football has been good against Qpr,Millwall and Wednesday.Imo. In fact the football has been that good the crowds are getting bigger. I,m sure i heaed somewhere that last night was our lowest league for for 20 odd years.

    • Pete says:

      Steve and Tony- i have an opinion as you have yours. Unfortunately mine is that you are talking out of your rear ends. I have watched us play QPR and outplay them and not get the luck. Against Swansea the rested some, playing several you thrashed Villareal the week before and with all due respect on paper should still be thrashing us. You say they were better in the first half, but we dug in and held it together- yet this is not a positive in your books?

      Answering the question- who would you get that is better? Tony, you think that rather it being that L.C. has got his arse into gear, it could be that the 7 or 8 players who had never played together before have started to gell. Indeed started to get confidence, despite the shocking support and barracking the fans have given for such a young side.

      I agree overall though we should be mid table or above with the second lowest spenders in the league (exc Zigic wages which is nothing to do with Clark or really anything to do with the current performances).

  • theguvna says:

    I thought that Blues were superb, apart from a spell after half time when we took our foot off the gas.
    The first half was the best I can remember in a long time, so one sided it would have been stopped if it were a boxing match.
    Although Millwall had a poor night, they certainly weren’t as bad as people are saying. We just stopped them playing. Has everyone forgotten how abysmal Sheff Wed were, the worst team seen here in an eternity!
    Everyone played well, but the stand out performers were Murphy, Reilly, Adeyemi and Burke. Burke was ordinary in the first half, but in the second, was almost unplayable. The Vile fan full back must still be dizzy this morning, he got turned inside out.What a great cross for Lindgard’s goal.
    It’s such an average division again, that if we could string a few wins together, we would be in play off contention. Hope still springs eternal!

  • bluenose says:

    Here he goes again, does he ever keep quite! the man just loves the spotlight

    Lee Clark: Demarai Gray had three minutes and I thought he would have come on and scored

    Lee Clark: Why I switched to 4-2-3-1 against Millwall

    Lee Clark: I’m an attack-minded manager, I want my teams to entertain

    Christs sake keep a lid on it Mr Clark why not give them our tactics next time, this is what really annoys me about the bloke he don’t know when to keep strum!

    • Richard Granfield says:

      bluenose………My reply to your three points are as follows:-
      1, Get a sense of humour.
      2, He was asked the question why he had changed the formation. He answered it.
      3, What’s wrong with stating that he is an “Attack minded manager and I like to entertain”?

      • Pete says:

        Maybe he was saying about being attack-minded because he has had to defend himself from negative bombastic idiots so much….

  • Enckelman says:

    Fantastic performance, I think if Clark was to choose a formation to stick with it should be 4-2-3-1. Burke looked a threat every time he was in the final third and if he can reach the form he had in his first season under Hughton, that could be enough to keep us out of a relegation battle.

    Great to see a clean sheet too, the defenders seemed to have more space to operate in when on the ball.

  • Peter Nolan says:

    My first game this season — due to my disability and as a disabled supporter I need a wheel chair space and the only way to buy a ticket is direct to the BCFC ticket office, but every time I have tried this season for the home games I keep getting put through to ticket master or other parts of the club which is driving me mad, and even yesterday I had the same problems but thanks to John Starkey who emailed me back and then somebody from the ticket office phoning me I managed to get a ticket to see the game and show my support again, I must say it was a great game and my grandson who is 9 was just as thrilled to see the game even though it was a school night, Well done to the whole team who played like a unit and supported each other, lets hope the supporter can come back and show their support as well as the boys deserve it …….KRO

    • RichardM says:

      Heh Peter, pardon my ignorance, but can you not buy the tickets on the official website and print them at home? That’s what I do, but must admit I’ve never tried buying a seat with wheelchair access – so appreciate they may not be available from the website direct ?

    • chas says:

      Get in touch with Sarah Gould (if she is still there) and explain to her. That Girl is a Diamond , Blues are very lucky to have her .

  • dave mann says:

    last seasons away form followed by our current home form and we would run away with this division, if only we could nit the two together and theres still plenty of games left (36) we
    might make a push for the playoffs, millwall were bad because we made them look bad, if
    we had played anyone else in this division last night we would have beat them end off
    no argument.KRO.

    • Ali Duncan says:

      I’m not so sure Dave. I though Millwall were very weak in midfield and just didn’t turn up. The players who I expected to play well in Trotter and Abdou just didn’t turn up. They hardly got to the byeline and lost the midfield battle early on and seemed to just cave in. In short they didn’t seem interested and were very very poor in all areas of the pitch.

      As much as Blues were on fire a better organised team with some hunger and desire would have given us a sterner test. They didn’t have a midfield enforcer and a side that had one or at least put up a fight in the engine room would have given us a tougher test.

    • RichardM says:

      Dave – look at who we’ve played away already this season – Burnley, Leicester, QPR and Reading – don’t think many teams will pick up many points from these locations, I think the away points will come….

  • andy says:

    People tend to forget that Lee Clark works his fingers to the bone for Birmingham City. He watches games all of the time, tactically works out the opposition and sends his team out to combat that, not tinkering or doesn’t know his best team. In my opinion, and its with no disrespect to any other Birmingham manager, Clark is the hardest working manager this club has ever had. Once investment or a takeover happens, we will see the fruit of his labour.

  • Frankie says:

    Yep, Lee Clark aint gonna win any battles with some fans ….
    If we win comfortably, its because the opposition is poor.
    If we lose its cause we are poor ..

    We have a supremely talented manager, who grafts like none before. He is going to manage at the top level one day. Lets just enjoy his time at BCFC huh !

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I’d rather have Lee Clark than any other manager. I was happy when we brought him in and I’m still happy with him now.

      • steve says:

        Easily pleased then

        • StaffsBlue says:

          must be if you say so

          • Pete says:

            I thought he was poor last season and the football was. It has improved this season and he has improved this season, in spite of having far greater difficulties. Steve- if you cant bring yourself to give him any credit fair enough. You are just ignorant of whatever he does and if he were to get us promoted you would still not rate hiim. That is literally ignorant.

  • Frankie says:

    Wasn’t aware that the corpulent piece of garbage that is Pannu was at the game.
    Hopefully someone ‘marked his card’.
    I’d have loved to …

  • Bluenosesol says:

    Too many on here inferring that our great result was due to a poor Millwall showing. Lets not forget that they were coming off a 3 game winning streak. They can only play as well as we allow them to and to be honest the energy of our midfield and our constant pushing up to the half way line left them entrenched in their own half. The forays of Burke and Lingard left them bedraggled at the back. Players like Adeyemi and Reilly have overcome their early jitters and are looking as good as any in this league and they are not the only ones! Lomas admitted that they were outdone by the “high energy” play of the Blues. If we get a repeat performance against Bolton Saturday we will be set fair with quite a few winnable games approaching. KRO.

  • oldburyblue says:

    That “sows ear” hasn’t changed into a “silk purse” yet……but I think it is well on its way. Credit must go to LC in what he has achieved so far. Yes, he depresses me every time I hear him talk, but he obviously gets through successfully to the most important people…the players.

    • Pete says:

      That is the mans voice! Is that really a major issue…?

      • oldburyblue says:

        That is exactly my point. I am sure most of us wouldn’t come across very well with a microphone under our noses and TV lights in our face. As long as the players understand him and are motivated by his words….which they appear to be….that is the most important thing.

  • parchy99 says:

    What do you make of the latest Pannu comments?

    “Preliminary talks with buyers from Asia”

    The problem comes when he has lied so freely previously can you believe a word?

    I do genuinely believe this will take several years to sort……sorry to say..

    KRO

    • almajir says:

      I’ll be writing a full piece on it for publishing probably tonight.

      • BigmanSteve0 says:

        Mat carnt wait no longer please give us some info now, stop teasing, enough is enough lol
        Even if it is your site lol
        Kro &lord bless every one who loves the boys who play in royal ,because we will journey on til the end of the road

  • StaffsBlue says:

    I still think any new owners/investors will be from the far east. It may be a very long time before we’re British owned again… if at all. I really hope I’m wrong.

    • steve says:

      Don’t care where they’re from Staffs tbh.As long as the club is safe and they invest in the team.

    • maurice walters from thailand says:

      agree again staffs this is where the money is at the moment so it must be fav for us to be owned by asians and not all are bad

      • StaffsBlue says:

        The only reason I would like British-based owners, is because we’ve had our share of faceless wonders. Would that change if we were taken over by foreign investors again? I’m not sure.

  • dave mann says:

    i think a better organised team would have kept the score down Ali but i stand by what i said,
    last nights performance would have taken any team out in the championship and as ive said
    earlier a staff member at blues who was told to keep schtuck informed us that blues are
    being taken over by locals and theyve been at the last 3 games but she wouldnt say who
    so……lets see! KRO.

  • Ali Duncan says:

    Say what you like about Millwall but with just 300 fans they do make some noise. Proper away backing. I was impressed.

    • RichardM says:

      Not sure I agree with that Ali – full of “Sarf London” bravado for the first 10 mins (especially after the penalty miss), but stopped singing after the first goal and then didn’t hear a squeek out of the little cherubs for the rest of the 90. Mind you, with their team getting royally rodgered in front of them I don’t blame them. Whatever happened to our Millwall friend “Kevin” who turned up on this site yesterday predicting a fourth win on the trot against a “very poor Birmingham side”??

  • Frankie says:

    Basically anyone but someone ‘from the Far East’ ….

    • Carlos says:

      I think a tad unfair taring everyone from the far east the the hairdressers brush. That Vicent Tan fella from cardiff seens to be doing a good good backing his manager Looks a bit daft with the cardiff shirt tucked inside his suit trousers though

  • dave mann says:

    was there that many Ali, i counted 189, maybe the other 111 were outside looking for a row.KRO.

  • dave mann says:

    werent far off then, terrible attendance,KRO.

  • Hardip says:

    Hi m8 any news on pannu coming over on Monday to sort out the sale of the club

  • bluenoserob says:

    Great to see all these posts about the game and onfield matters , we are beginning to see a team to be proud of, a team of real tryers with more quality than I believed we had.love seeing the young players showing no fear, its brilliant.I say stuff the buyout ,stuff the board ……..come on you blue boys

  • swissjonny says:

    What odds on Murphy being sold in the next window…..It will break my heart if they dismantle this team just as they are beginning to acheive something.I suppose it must be incredibly frustrating for the manager as well. Fingers crossed they keep their pilfering fingers out.

  • Art Watson says:

    Tom Ross should hang his head in shame for suggesting a takeover was imminent .It is quite clear that the club is a long way off being sold and PP has again fobbed everyone off with his comments.

    Why didn’t the supporters protest at the Millwall game…PP was there?

    We get what we deserve!

    • steve says:

      Come off it. Do you think he would have said if he didn’t believe it to be true? Why do you suddenly believe Pannu.He’s saying nothing happening then says Yeung is in talks.

  • steve says:

    Also he says nothing is happening and then says he can’t discuss it due to NDA’s.Who has he got NDA’s with if nobody is interested?

  • StevieW says:

    So here is the scenario CY trial resolved BIHL relists on the HKSE a big wedge is then ploughed into Blues just in time for the January transfer window and we all sail off into the sunset.

    Then I woke up. Expect nothing it helps.


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