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16/17 Season Review - August

15 May 2017

We take a look back at the 16/17 season

August began like any other for football fans, with hopes and dreams of the season ahead.

Blues kicked off the campaign on the 6th with a home game for the first time since the 2013/14 campaign with local rivals Gillingham in town.

Stephen McLaughlin opened the scoring but the Gills replied with three goals to travel back to Kent victorious.

Only three days later were Justin Edinburgh’s side back, this time in the EFL Cup, and they were to repeat their win after coming from a goal down, McLaughlin again on the scoresheet, to progress in the competition with three second half goals.

The stuttering start to the new season for Phil Brown’s men continued with the trip to Port Vale in the league, with the Blues boss still in the stands for a touchline ban.

Vale scored five minutes before half time and then with 15 minutes to go to leave Blues without a point after two games.

The majority would have expected that stat to remain true after the midweek trip to Bramall Lane, but what followed was one of the performances of the season.

Blues eclipsed the beginning of the season favourites for promotion inside 15 minutes with three goals, including Simon Cox’s first competitive goal for Blues, and eased to victory thereafter.

It was a much-needed win to lift Blues to 16th with a weekend game at home to Bristol Rovers on the horizon.

The Gas took a second-half lead and looked set to take the points but Cox stepped up from the penalty spot for his first goal at Roots Hall.

A week later on home soil, Uwe Rosler and Fleetwood Town won 2-0 to leave Blues 19th in the league at the end of the month after five league games.

A busy opening month to the season ended on the 30th August with the first Checkatrade Trophy game.

Brighton & Hove Albion U23’s were the visitors and David Mooney and Harry Kyprianou’s goals were the difference. 

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