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Season Review: October

3 June 2013

Blues struggle at home again but progress to the quarter finals of the JPT.

After just one defeat in September, October didn’t go as well for Blues as they won two, lost two and drew three. 

John Spicer’s early red card gave Blues an uphill task to get the three points as Burton Albion came to Roots Hall on Tuesday 2nd.

Spicer was given his marching orders for a foul on former Blues man Matt Paterson after only 13 minutes.

A resilient Blues side looked to have earned themselves a point until Jacques Maghoma placed a superb free kick, from 25 yards, past Dan Bentley and into the net with just seconds of the game remaining.
Blues slipped down a place to 12th in League 2 after this defeat.

There was another chance to pick up a victory at home when Barnet travelled the short distance to Essex, four days later.

A bland first half sprang into life after the break when Rochford-born Ricky Holmes powered home on 54 minutes.

The visitors made it 2-0 soon after when Jake Hyde finished at the near post.

There was an instant response from when Freddy Eastwood netted a penalty after a handball in the area.
Six minutes from time and Blues grabbed a late equaliser when Kevan Hurst scored his first goal of the season.

Blues’ journey in the JPT continued on Tuesday 9th, at Roots Hall against Dagenham & Redbridge.

After some early pressure on Blues’ goal, the hosts took a 17th minute lead when Ryan Cresswell continued his goalscoring form in the JPT, nodding in Kevan Hurst’s cross.

Just after the hour, a defensive mix up in the Daggers’ defence left Britt Assombalonga with an open goal, the Watford loanee rolled the ball into the empty net as Blues marched on to the next round.
The newest stadium in League 2 was the destination as Blues travelled north on 13th October, to face Steve Evans’ Rotherham United side at the New York Stadium.

Once again, it was the second half when the game really became an entertaining spectacle, for Blues fans, anyway.

Britt Assombalonga netted a 14 minute brace, firstly, heading in a Dave Martin cross, before rifling into the top corner on 65 minutes.

In the final 20 minutes, Martin snatched a goal of his own as he headed in after Assombalonga crashed a shot against the crossbar.
That victory saw Blues move up to ninth place, one point off the play-offs.

Blues had a mid-week rest before heading to Lancashire on Saturday 20th, to the Globe Arena to face Morecambe.

The game looked set to end in a bore draw but Jack Redshaw sealed all three points for Jim Bentley’s side when he fired past Paul Smith in the final few minutes.
Blues finished the month with two home games, the first of which saw Aldershot Town come to Roots Hall.

The game couldn’t have started much worse for Blues as Danny Hylton smashed an effort into the corner of the net within the first minute.

That was how it stayed until the 68th minute when Mark Phillips rose highest to head in Kevan Hurst’s cross.
However, Blues conceded late on once more as, with three minutes of normal time remaining, Shots defender, Sonny Bradley, headed in what turned out to be the winning goal.

The final game of the month was against York City, on 27th October.

A game of very few chances saw both sides even themselves out. The game finished 0-0 but this was to be the start of an excellent run for Blues that would propel them back into play-off contention.

October Results:
2nd Oct: Blues 0-1 Burton Albion
6th Oct: Blues 2-2 Barnet (Eastwood, Hurst)
9th Oct: (JPT) Blues 2-0 Dagenham & Redbridge (Cresswell, Assombalonga)
13th Oct: Rotherham United 0-3 Blues (Assombalonga 2, Martin)
20th Oct: Morecambe 1-0 Blues
23rd Oct: Blues 1-2 Aldershot Town (Phillips)
27th Oct: Blues 0-0 York City

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