Tag Archives: Wigan Athletic FC

Not good

Birmingham City’s decade did not get off to a good start. They didn’t play well against Wigan and, at times, some of the players who can usually make decent passes seemed to launch the ball into the air without thinking where it might end up. It was a dispiriting game to watch. 

As usual, at half time, there was an announcement about voting for man of the match.  It was hard to think of one but I think if I’d had to choose one, I’d have chosen Kerim Mrabti. He scored our first goal and looked as though he was trying to play. I also felt sympathy for Lukas Jutkiewicz as he seemed to spend a lot of time with a Wigan player holding on to him.

The game is over now, thank goodness, and I’m not going to suggest what should be done. I think Daniel was probably correct when he said that he didn’t think Pep was the problem and that “the problem are the people above him”.  Sacking Pep Clotet might not lead to any improvement in results.  

One bad game is not enough to sever my allegiance to my team. Yesterday’s performance was not the worst Blues performance I’ve seen.  I stayed till the end of our 0-8 loss against Bournemouth in 2014 and that was much, much worse.  I have a ticket for our FA Cup game on Saturday and will be there hoping to see a better game.

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Here we go

The 9 points have been deducted and we are 18th in the table. It feels like the start of a mini season with 8 games left to play. The next 3 games will probably be very hard, playing against West Brom, Leeds and Sheffield United who are currently 4th, 3rd and 2nd in the table. The next 5 games against Ipswich, Derby, Rotherham, Wigan and Reading could also be hard. Derby are trying to get into the playoffs and some of the other 4 may be making a valiant attempt to escape relegation.

I don’t know how many points we’ll need to stay out of the relegation zone; Blackburn were relegated with 51 points a couple of seasons ago.  But I think we should be all right if players and fans make an effort and perform well. I trust that Garry Monk and the other staff are doing all they can to prepare the players. Fans can’t help with that, but we can make a difference with our support during games.  And we can get ourselves into the right frame of mind by reminding ourselves of how we’ve won in the past.

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Wednesday, Wigan and Window

It was a bad result for Birmingham City on Wednesday night but not a bad performance. And if one of their chances had led to a goal, then there might have been two cup upsets in the city that night.  As it was they held Sunderland scoreless until the 77th minute and that gives me hope for this season. The abuse for Lee Clark came from the Sunderland supporters, which, though not pleasant, is much better than being abused by your own team’s fans. Many in the home crowd left before the end but those that stayed for the final whistle applauded rather than booed. So I left St Andrews feeling better than I did when I walked away from Griffin Park last Saturday. I hate it when fans turn on their own manager or players. Continue reading

Don’t let your kids grow up thinking that football is a TV show

I enjoyed watching the FA Cup Final on TV yesterday.  It’s good to see the underdogs win, as long as they don’t beat my team. And a goal at the death is a great way to win a game. Wigan would have been pleased not to play extra time as they will be playing again on Tuesday, in a game in which they need to get a result to keep alive their hope of Premier League survival. It felt wrong to have the Cup Final before the end of the Premier League season. I think the date was changed to allow time for the pitch to be ready for the UEFA Champions League Final.

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