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Season Review: January

6 June 2013

Blues progress

The first day of 2013 saw Blues take on Gillingham in front of the biggest League crowd at Roots Hall last season of 7,498.

One goal proved the difference, scored by former Billericay Town midfielder Chris Whelpdale after only three minutes.
Blues dropped a place to fifth, whilst the Gills continued their assault on winning the league, something they realised by the end of the campaign.

Barry Corr scored a brace as Blues took Brentford to a replay in the third round of the FA Cup.

Midfielder, Tom Adeyemi, opened the scoring for the League 1 side, ending a neat move by putting the ball past former Bees ‘keeper, Paul Smith.

Ten minutes later and Uwe Rosler’s men had a second; Ryan Cresswell flicking the ball past Smith and into his own net.

Blues hit back straight away; Sean Clohessy’s inviting cross was headed home by Corr on the 39th minute.

After half time, Blues grabbed an equaliser, Corr rising above a Brentford defender to finish off a Kevan Hurst free kick.

Blues did have one last chance but Gavin Tomlin’s effort was tipped over by Bees number one, Simon Moore.

On the 8th, Blues ventured to Oxford, looking to book their place in the JPT Southern Area Final.

Barry Corr got Blues off to a flyer, scoring after only six minutes.

Oxford hit back through Tyrone Marsh, scoring his first ever goal for the Yellows, and then Tom Craddock, adding a second for Chris Wilder’s side.

The second half saw Blues take the upper hand again as Sean Clohessy, and another goal from Corr but Southend 3-2 up.

However, with just a minute left, Sean Rigg equalised for the U’s, nipping in at the near post after a neat flick from Craddock.

Paul Sturrock took off Paul Smith with a minute to go, replacing the ex-Nottingham Forest man with Dan Bentley for the penalty shootout.

Sturrock’s decision proved to be right however, Bentley stopping Alfie Potter’s spot kick to send Blues through.

12th January saw Blues on the road again, this time to promotion chasing Exeter City.

A disappointing performance saw the Grecians run out 3-0 winners with John O’Flynn scoring just before half time changing Paul Sturrock’s team talk completely.

Scot Bennett scored against Blues again, his second against us in the campaign, with ten minutes remaining, before O’Flynn bagged his second and his team’s third late on.

Blues were back on FA Cup duty three days later for the replay at Brentford’s Griffin Park but were unable to set up a fourth round tie against Chelsea despite an incredible goalkeeping performance from Paul Smith.

Paul Hayes headed the Bees into a first half lead after a cross from the left hand side.

Harry Forrester’s penalty was brilliantly saved by Smith in the 54th minute after Clayton Donaldson was fouled.

Blues equalised with 20 minutes remaining; Barry Corr continuing his fine run of form in front of goal as he scored from close range.

Soon after though, the west-Londoners were back in front as Donaldson’s strike deflected off Luke Prosser and past Smith to send the Bees into round four.

Blues finished the month at a snowy Chesterfield on 26th January.

One goal proved the difference, and it was Gavin Tomlin that got it.  Michael Timlin sent Tomlin racing clear of the Spireites back line, the striker keeping a cool head to slot past Tommy Lee.

A valuable three points for Blues as they kept in touch with the promotion pack, finishing January in 7th place, in the play-offs on goal difference.

January Results:

1st Jan: Gillingham 1-0 Blues
5th Jan: (FA Cup) Blues 2-2 Brentford (Corr 2)
8th Jan: (JPT) Oxford United 3-3 Blues (Corr 2, Clohessy)
12th Jan: Exeter City 3-0 Blues
15th Jan: (FA Cup replay) Brentford 2-1 Blues (Corr)
26th Jan: Chesterfield 0-1 Blues (Tomlin)

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