Well, I must say I’m happy to settle for that. Embargoed or not, Birmingham City is no easy place to go and to get a second equaliser at 90+4 says something about us. Yes, we still had those awkward, crab-like spells either side of half-time but when the chips were truly down we came up with the goods.
Like I suspect many of us, I was slightly surprised at the original selection but that mainly centres around the inclusion of James Husband at left-back. Maybe I’ve been unlucky, but I’ve never seen him have a good game for us. Marco Stiepermann was employed elsewhere, and Jamal Lewis is still currently unavailable while Maximillian Aarons (yep, it’s his real name) is untried and naturally right-sided. All I can say is get well soon, Jamal.
On the positive side, it was good to see both Jordan Rhodes and Timmu Pukki included from the start and last the full ninety. No bench spots for Emilio Buendia and Felix Passlack, I guess there isn’t room for everybody.
It was also encouraging to see Daniel Farke making good use of those who were on the bench. The introduction of Kenny McLean and Mo Leitner pepped us up a treat when they came on. Funny that – I would have had those two nailed on as starters but I can already feel squad rotation will be the name of the game this season.
I’m really pleased for Dennis Serbny; that was a wonderful little ball through for the star of the show, Onel Hernandez, who could of course of had three if one late effort hadn’t gone wide.
There were the traditional Norwich mistakes of course. Quite how that ball got over the top for Solomon-Otabor to give Brum a slightly undeserved late lead I’m still not quite sure but all was well that ended well and I don’t think supporters of either side can complain too much with a point apiece.
Well done to our mighty 2,383 who made the journey.
Expecting the highlights on Channel Five yesterday morning and being deeply disappointed by the absence of them (maybe they’ve lost the EFL franchise; if any MFW reader knows the score and would care to tell me I’d love to know) I had an opportunity to look at how a few of our loanees and “exes” got on at the weekend. And most interesting it was.
In no particular order:
Tristan Abrahams netted for Exeter in their 3-1 win over Carlisle with manager Matt Taylor saying: “I’m delighted for Tristan to get his first league goal”.
Steven Naismith apparently “bossed it” for Hearts against Hamilton in a 4-1 win, including his conversion of a cool as a cucumber penalty.
Yanic Wildschut scored a tap-in in the 89th minute to earn Bolton an unexpected 2-1 win at WBA.
Sean Raggett was spared ignominy as Rotherham crashed and burned 5-1 at Brentford. He was bench warming.
Marley Watkins didn’t even make Bristol City’s matchday squad for their 1-1 draw with Forest. Maybe injured of course.
Josh Murphy scored a belter for Cardiff in their 2-1 friendly defeat against Real Betis.
Nelson Oliveira is sitting in the shop window. He doesn’t seem to be attracting much interest from customers at the moment.
Russell Martin likewise to the above (although he was also sitting in the away end on Saturday – Ed). I’m still trying to work out why he got squad number Five over Grant Hanley.
Matt Jarvis is simply Matt Jarvis. For good or ill.
Anyway, I’d call that a satisfactory start to the season – bring on the Bolton-battered Baggies.