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We lost

We lost on Saturday and our performance was not too convincing. Birmingham City didn’t score any goals and Nottingham Forest scored 3. It doesn’t mean that we are going to be relegated; that will depend on what we do in the other 43 games. 

I can tell when something is not working in a game but can’t work out why.  So I’m not going to offer any analysis of tactics or team selection but I’ll note a few random observations.

Seeing Pep Clotet described as ‘Caretaker Head Coach’ on the stadium screen felt weird.

I saw Maikel Kieftenbeld posing for pictures with fans at half time. And I heard that Grounds and Mrabti were in the crowd also. I liked that.

I also liked the way some of our fans started singing after Nottingham’s third goal. Our support was not bad.

It wasn’t the best day I’ve had supporting the Blues but neither was it the worst one. And tomorrow evening, the team has a chance to do better.

(I’m disabling comments on this because I won’t have time to keep an eye on them.) 

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Hope fulfilled

On Saturday morning. I said I was feeling hopeful and my hopes were fulfilled that afternoon.  Scoring early in the game meant we had something to lose so I felt nervous for most of the time. It would have only taken one lapse in concentration by our players or one great move from theirs and Nottingham Forest could have equalised. But this time, it was Blues who scored right at the end. Che Adams scored from the penalty spot in time added on to extend his scoring run to five games.

On the way to the game I’d wondered if I’d put on too many layers but once I got seated in the Kop, I was grateful for every bit of clothing I had on. The wind was cold and biting, but the football kept me warm. All the Birmingham City players played well and the referee kept the game flowing with not too many stops. Also our new signing, Kerim Mrabti, came off the bench to play for a few minutes. I was glad I’d gone but also glad to get home afterwards and have a hot drink.

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Exhaustion and exhilaration

The game on Saturday reminded me of why I love football.  When I watch a game like that, I forget about everything else for a couple of hours.  That everything else includes more important concerns and it’s good to get a break from thinking about them.  Over twenty years ago, I went through a very difficult period, when I had serious concerns about the health and well-being of the two people I loved most in the world.  The only break I got from worrying about them was watching football; watching Birmingham City play took my complete capacity for worrying and I forgot about everything else. Continue reading