I hope that Birmingham can play well and get a result on Saturday but I wish we were not playing Bournemouth. The last time we played a League game against them at St Andrew’s was on October 25, 2014, and it was the nightmare game that we lost 0-8. Unlike many others, I stayed until the end of that game and it left a mental scar that will probably remain as long as I live.
I can imagine bouncing back and getting a win against almost any other team but when I think of Bournemouth, I just remember watching my team trudging off the pitch, completely dejected and defeated.
I do expect us to perform better in tomorrow’s game. The team is in a better state than it was in 2014. Back then, Lee Clark had left, Gary Rowett hadn’t arrived and there were two caretakers in charge: Richard Beale and Malcolm Crosby. Now we have an experienced head coach, Aitor Karanka. Whether we win, draw or lose I don’t expect our team to collapse as it did in October 2014.