Looking ahead

I was encouraged by Gary Rowett’s statement about the way the ending of the emergency loan system next season is shaping what he is doing now. The mere fact that he is looking ahead rather than lurching from one game to the next is good. Short term thinking seems to dominate so much in football these days that any sign of planning for the future seems positive. I also hope it indicates that Rowett is interested in staying and building something at Birmingham City and won’t leave us as soon as a bigger club comes looking for a new manager.

I’m also glad that Demarai Gray is still with us, getting game time and continuing to develop as a player. I hope that Viv Solomon-Otabor and the other youngsters will follow in his footsteps and won’t leave us too soon. Viv’s short substitute appearance was one of the good things in our loss to Nottingham Forrest on Tuesday evening, which was the first game Birmingham City lost this season and also the first in which they failed to score any goals. It’s always disappointing to lose but we know that’s going to happen in some games.

We have another game to look forward to this evening. Respect to all those who are making the long trip to Ipswich to support the team tonight. It will be a much shorter trip to Villa Park on Tuesday. Demarai Gray won there last night, Panos Pavlakis tweeted that he and Karen Carney had won the Professional Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards at the Birmingham Sports Awards event, held in the Holte Suite. Let’s hope that Gray and the team can also do well at Villa Park next week.

Congratulations to Clayton Donaldson who scored his first goal of the season in the game against Bristol City and then went on to score his second and third to get a first half hat-trick. A young mascot got the ball in the net before the game started; maybe we should get that kid to come back for some other games to inspire our players to score!