August 19, 2006

Birming City 2 v 1 Crystal Palace

I get the feeling that I cause Palace to lose, I've seen them 3 times and they've lost all 3 games. Today they were the best I've seen them and both teams should be in the mix when promotion places are dealt out in May.

The Blues failed to get anywhere near Jobi McAnuff as he mazed his way towards goal and then hitting a deflected shot in from 25 yards after just 10 minutes.

Birmingham equalised soon after when Nicklas Bendtner found himself on his own 6 yards out as the ball rebounded to him from a corner.

Birmingham then had a lot of pressure producing 3 cracking saves from the pyjama–ed one in the Palace goal. He spent most the game screaming at the Palace defence who seemed to lose concentration on more than one occasion.

In the second half Palace had most the pressure but not really reulting in any danger on Taylor's goal. In fact the closest they got to a second was an intruiging 25 yard overhead backpass that was bound for the top corner.

In the last few minutes of the game Both teams had shots which went wide, Matty Lawrence from Palace and Mikeal Forsell for Brum who should have done better. Then David Dunn made a great run and played in Sebastian Larsson, on loan from Arsenal, who stuck it just inside the post and put the Blues at the top of the table.

The other major incident of the game was the 80th minute substitution of captain Damien Johnson who, responding to ironic boos from the crowd, threw off his top and stormed down the tunnel. Steve Bruce later said he would speak to the player on Monday and release a statement on the website so watch this space.

Gary McSheffrey made his debut on the left wing and looked lively but well dealt with by the Palace defence.

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