The defeat on Saturday left me doubting that Birmingham City will get another win at St Andrew’s this season. We have only 3 more home games to improve on the current total of 2 and I think that would be a record for fewest home wins in a season.
Blues weren’t doing too badly until Bournemouth scored the first goal. As the visitors attacked, Jordan Ibe was standing on the touchline waiting for the referee to allow him back on the pitch; his boot had split and he’d gone off to change it. But the referee ignored the whistles from the crowd and didn’t allow him back on until after the goal was scored. Blues players were furious; they lost control of their emotions, lost control of the game and were 0-3 by half time. The second half was better. Goal number 4 for Bournemouth was a good goal rather than a monumental foul up by our defence. Blues scored twice: the home crowd got behind them and directed their anger mainly at the referee and the opposition.
On a happier note, Birmingham City Ladies set a new record for progress in the UEFA Champions League on Sunday. They beat Arsenal Ladies 2-0 (3-0 on aggregate) to go through to the semi final. They will play Tyreso FF, of Sweden. They will be the underdogs, as they were against Arsenal, but I imagine they’ll be dreaming of getting through to the final in Lisbon.