Frank Stubbs, Fans' Diarist, April 28, 2010

Considering the rather dated tag brought about by supposed dour yet successful tactics in previous times it is extremely rare these days that we find ourselves talking about a goalless draw.

Even on the few occasions I can remember in recent times, discussing the many missed chances has definitely been the order of the day.

This certainly doesn't apply to Saturday's visit of Man City.

While fully accepting it is up to us as hosts to try and break down a blanket defence I would be wrong if I didn't admit to being extremely disappointed at our visitors' negativity, especially given the amount of incredibly expensive, highly-paid and supposedly extremely talented attacking players in their squad.

Admittedly I think we defended well on the few occasions we needed to but it is a long time since I remember a visiting team having no more than one or two soft attempts on goal.

Attacking wise, we too lacked any serious penetration and overall it led to a totally forgettable game. At least from our point of view however, at least we were actually trying to win it!

For what it's worth in my opinion the referee had an extremely poor game too. It really bugs me that even if they don't mean to be, on occasion some referees look like they want to be the star of the show.

Unfortunately as fans we pay our money to watch the football, all we want from the officials is correct decision-making.

Most of the incident and talking points surrounded the actual players on show for obvious reasons, some us fans welcomed back with warm applause... and some that we didn't. Everyone has their opinion about those kind of situations, all I know is it still feels kind of strange when any player you still consider one of 'ours' is wearing another team's colours.

All in all, a completely forgettable game but a point in the bag nonetheless as we edge closer to securing third spot.

A Bank Holiday trip to Blackburn next then, not the most exciting prospect admittedly, but with a result still required to clear things up for another season, it is still a match that we all know will be as tough as ever.

See you at Ewood Park.


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28 Apr 2010