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Season Review: July/August

3 June 2013

A look back over Blues' 2012/13 season...

Pre-season began with a 3-0 home defeat to West Ham United at Roots Hall. The defeat was followed by wins against Stambridge United, Great Wakering Rovers and Braintree Town.

It was then off to Spain to enjoy some summer sun as the players, and a number fans, enjoyed a tour of Madrid towards the end of July. Blues lost 3-1 to Real Madrid C before drawing 1-1 with Rayo Vallecano B.

The month ended with a 2-1 home win against Ipswich Town.

With the season just around the corner, Blues stepped up their preparations but were beaten 2-1 by Millwall, 3-2 by Charlton and 6-0 by a Tottenham Hotspur XI, rounding off the pre-season campaign.

With the League 2 campaign kicking off later due to the Olympics, Blues’ competitive season began in mid August against Peterborough in the Capital One Cup on August 14th.

The Championship outfit proved too strong for Blues as they raced into a 3-0 lead before the 30-minute mark. George Boyd made it 4-0 just before the hour as Paul Sturrock’s side were knocked out in the first round of the competition.

Blues’ League campaign didn’t get off to the best of starts either as Accrington Stanley stunned the home crowd with a 1-0 win thanks to Karl Sheppard’s looping header.

That defeat set the tone for what would be a year of frustration in front of the home fans at Roots Hall.

The first midweek game of the season didn’t prove anymore successful as Blues made it three games without a goal.

Oxford United ran out 2-0 winners at the Kassam Stadium thanks to two goals in the second half from Tom Craddock after Michael Timlin had been shown a 27th minute red card.

The final game of the month saw Blues register their first point of the new season in a topsy-turvy game away at Northampton Town.

After a goalless first half the game burst into life when on loan Watford striker Britt Assombalonga scored Blues’ first competitive goal of the season.

The youngster would go on to make a big impact for Blues over the course of the season.

Adebayo Akinfenwa made it 1-1 in the 65th minute before Kane Ferdinand, in what proved to be his final game for Blues before a move to Peterborough, made it 2-1.

Northampton responded once again through David Artell before Alex Nicholls put the home side ahead for the first time in the match in the 86th minute.

Blues were not to be denied a point though and Ryan Cresswell scored his first goal for the Club since his summer move in the 94th minute to seal a 3-3 draw.

At the end of the month, Blues were 21st in the table along with four other teams on a solitary point while Oxford United and Gillingham led the way at the top with nine points out of nine from their opening three games.

September, though, was to prove much more successful….

August Results:
14th Aug: Peterborough United 4-0 Blues (Capital One Cup)
18th Aug: Blues 0-1 Accrington Stanley
21st Aug: Oxford United 2-0 Blues
24th Aug: Northampton Town 3-3 Blues (Assombalonga, Ferdinand, Cresswell)

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