Town 0 Birmingham 2 - Friendly

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Town 0 Birmingham 2 - Friendly

Postby keithon57 » Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:51 am

This was the second of the three match series of home friendlies against Championship opposition. Town again looked the part, this time parading the new Argentina-style away kit. Leutwiler and Woodsy were given the day off. However, once underway, it was quickly down to earth with a crash, as defensive errors proved Town's undoing.

Starting eleven:


Tootle - Goldson - Ellis - Sadler

Clark - Lawrence - Agogo - JLAA

Collins - McAlinden

In the first minute, Ellis played a weak back pass. Callum was perhaps a little slow to react and came off second-best in a 50/50 challenge with their striker, who ran in the easiest of finishes. This was compounded on the quarter hour, when Tootle failed to deal with a through ball and again Brum finished tidily. Bizarrely, having had much the better of the opening exchanges, Town found themselves two down. From then on, it was always going to be an uphill task.Town battled away but found it difficult to fashion much in the way of clear chances. Brum were content to soak up the pressure and wait for the occasional breakaway.

H.T. 0-2

At the break, off went: Goldson, Clark, Lawrence, Agogo, JLAA, Collins and McAlinden. On came: Grandison, Whalley, M Wood, McKnight, Junior, Barnett and Vernon respectively. Later, Patterson replaced Tootle.

Despite the changes, the match proceeded in much the same fashion. Town continued to dominate possession, but created few clear chances. Often our final ball lacked accuracy; a worrying similarity to last season. When Vernon did finally manage to bundle the ball in, it was ruled-out for offside.

All in all, it was again an entertaining match with Town playing much attractive football. Perhaps there was a little too much lateral passing. There were some good moments from many of our players but none really stamped their authority on the game.
I thought Barnett added a bit of punch to our frontline and caused Brum a few problems. As MM observes, however, you can't afford to make basic defensive errors, as we did.
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Re: Town 0 Birmingham 2 - Friendly

Postby matster » Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:56 pm

Thanks for the write up. Sounded an interesting game, shame about the loss!

JLAA and Grandison playing is odd unless we're waiting for Goldson or Woods to be sold?
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Re: Town 0 Birmingham 2 - Friendly

Postby zenfootball » Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:45 pm

thanks for the match report ,i will not be able to go to any of them so it gives me a flavor of how they are shaping up.
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