Birmingham City won tonight, their first home win since they beat Millwall 4-0 on October 1st. And it would have been an upset if they hadn’t won because they were playing Bristol Rovers, who are barely above the relegation zone in League 2. Although the score was 3-0, it wasn’t an easy victory. Until the 85th minute, Blues just couldn’t score the second goal and Bristol kept battling. So it felt nervy. But the last 5 minutes were enjoyable. The home crowd relaxed and made some noise.
It was a pitifully small crowd, just 9,914, and 2,440 of them were supporting Bristol. I must say that the travelling supporters were magnificent. It felt like there were more of them than us. In addition to the usual insults to the home crowd they chanted, “You’re all on benefits!” Channel 4 has a lot to answer for.
I’m sad that the FA Cup has lost its importance for so many fans and so few came to watch the game tonight. I hope more will come when we play Swansea in the 4th round. There were only 7,470 in the ground when we beat them in the League Cup but the Blues fans who were there saw a great cup game.