John Rooney has a touch of class

With big brother Wayne and Manchester United having a night to forget with in Athens, John Rooney lit up the Lamb Ground with two moments of genuine class.

His goal was outstanding, his pass for Matty Taylor's third even better.

Rooney - the one without the £300,000 a week contract - has been one of the main factors in the Blues upturn in form.

On occasion he can be guilty of attempting the impossible and that can put the team under undue pressure, but he ranks as one of the most natural talents in the Skrill Premier.

He looks most dangerous playing as an old fashioned number 10, where he can find the time and space to make the Blues tick.

For the first time since leaving Macclesfield Town in 2010, Rooney finds himself playing week in, week out and his performances look to be on an upward trend.

Perhaps he was a little too enigmatic for some managers but Steve Burr appears more than content to give him a licence to entertain.

Like his older sibling, Rooney is the kind of player many football fans love to watch - me included.

There are times when he will get things wrong, but when he gets things right - like his magnificent chipped pass last night - we should sit back, applaud and enjoy.

Goal-scoring worries evaporating thanks to Matty Taylor

Matty Taylor has scored five times in his five starts since arriving on loan from Forest Green Rovers - enough to make him joint top scorer in the league.

More than anything, that fact underlines the Blues woes in front of goal this season but the impact Taylor has made has been impressive.

You can't help wondering whether the Blues would find themselves in danger of relegation had the 23-year-old been with the club all season.

He has a decent turn of pace, has proven he can finish and - perhaps most importantly - gets himself in the right areas.

Goals were as scarce as hen's teeth under former boss Neil Young, but the Blues had been creating chances and in Taylor now have someone to convert them.

He has shown himself to be versatile too, playing up top on his own in the second half at Lincoln, threatening from the left at Tamworth and partnering Gareth Seddon in a front two.

Taylor is out of contract at the end of the season and his form will draw attention from other clubs but should the Blues survive then he is exactly the kind of forward that must be brought on board for next term.

Seddon deserves a mention too. He missed a great chance last night but led the line well and his battling qualities will be needed in the run in.

Left back is a worry but Paul Linwood stood in ably

There have been a few problem positions for the Blues this season and although most now seem to have been sorted, left back remains a concern.

Kevin McIntyre, Joe Heath, Lee Pugh and Michael Kay have all had a go but none have cemented the spot.

Left-sided midfielder Matty Mainwaring did well enough for 70 minutes having replaced the injured Heath in the 1-1 draw at Lincoln but manager Steve Burr opted to start experienced centre half Paul Linwood last night.

Linwood would be the first to admit pace is not his strongest attribute, and he is more comfortable dealing with balls through the air than tricky wingers.

But the 30-year-old should be given a pat on the back for turning in a solid performance, coping well with the Lambs right side and keeping things simple.

He has been around long enough to understand where his strengths lie and on the whole the left side looked solid enough.

Burr has made it clear bringing in a new left back for the rest of the season is a priority but Linwood showed enough to suggest he could fill in again if needed, especially against the more direct sides.