Blues dropped 2 points at The Riverside Stadium as a very controversial refereeing decision disallowed Blues a certain winning goal. A penalty save and two strikers netting is all unveiled here:
The Blues team was the same as that started at Luton – the usual back 5, Gardner and Davis lying behind the three attacking midfielders in Bela, Mrabti and Maghoma, who all supported Lukas Juktkiewicz who was leading the line.
Blues started in the right fashion, attacking Middlesbrough. Roberts’ long throw into the box got flicked to Jeremie Bela, who managed to get the ball onto his left foot, the Frenchman managed to get his shot away but it just narrowly missed the near post, a very encouraging start from Clotet’s men.
In the 16th minute, Blues found themselves in again. Right back Maxime Colin found Kerim Mrabti, he layed it off to Jeremie Bela. The winger took his shot quickly, but it was saved comfortably by the Boro ‘keeper.
Six minutes later, it looked as if Blues would go 1-0 down as Gary Gardner conceded a penalty. However, McNair’s effort was saved by Lee Camp and the score remained 0-0.
Soon after, Blues made it 1-0. Free agent Jeremie Bela dribbled to the byline, dug his cross out and found Blues’ top scorer Lukas Juktkiewicz at the back post. A trademark header by The Juke.
Straight after, Blues came close again. The Boro ‘keeper parried the ball straight out to Mrabti, who had time to pick his spot, but the Sewed just got his angles wrong and he clipped the post.
3 minutes were added on at halftime. Blues saw them out and went into halftime in the lead thanks to Lukas Juktkiewicz.
15 minutes into the second period, Blues hit the bar! Pedersen’s looping header had the Boro ‘keeper scrambling but the left back just left too much on his header and saw it hit the bar.
In 81 minutes, Middlesbrough claimed their much deserved goal through Fletcher. A very tidy finish by the youngster.
5 minutes after, Lukas Juktkiewicz had the ball in the back of the net, but the goal was for some reason disallowed. Taverneir was on the ground, Blues stick the ball In the net, and the referee disallows it, completely bizarre! Following the incident, The Blues staff go berserk and Sean Rush gets sent off! You really couldn’t write it!
Blues fans will feel that’s 2 points robbed as thr EFL Referee has had a complete mare. In my opinion, Blues always get the majority of awful decisions against them and nothing seems to happen. Action needs to be taken as those 2 points could be vital to Blues’ survival this year.
Blues will look to bring in a striker in the transfer window as it is imperative that we add more goals to our game. Our next game is away at St Andrews as we come up against Coventry City. Nothing odd there.