On Saturday morning, I saw a poster in a Norwich shop window describing it as “A Kind City” and that seemed true as I wandered around it. Every time I consulted my map, someone stopped to offer assistance. Unfortunately, the Norwich team weren’t so kind and didn’t let us win.
Six of our starting lineup were making their debuts for Birmingham City. As Harry Redknapp said, “You stick them in there and hope it gels”. It didn’t. Four of the debutants, Maxime Colin, Liam Walsh, Jason Lowe and Harlee Dean received yellow cards in the first half. The team played better in the second half but couldn’t score. We may end up with a much better team than last year but if it takes too long for the team to gel then we could be too far behind to get near the top six.
The players weren’t the only ones struggling to get to know the other players; I had a hard time remembering who was who. And when Che Adams replaced number 24 in the 57th minute, the man next to me asked, “Who is number 24?” It was Liam Walsh but they had him down as number 6 on the back of the programme. It must have been printed before Maikel Kieftenbeld came back and reclaimed his number. I’m going to need my cheat sheet to keep track of everyone.