What a difference a goal can make! In the dying minutes of last season, a goal from Paul Caddis kept Birmingham City in the Championship. On Saturday, he started the move that led to the only goal of the game, passing to David Cotterill, who put the cross in for Wes Thomas to head into the net. The reaction to Blues’ first league goal of the season and to the final whistle confirming the win was not as extreme as the reaction at our last game of last season, Lee Clark did not sprint down the pitch and leap into the Tilton, but the relief was palpable.
We had gone into the game with a chance to extend the record for the most consecutive home games without a win. Following our 4-0 win over Millwall on October 1st we hadn’t won any of the remaining 18 home league games of last season. We shared the record with Derby who also had 18 consecutive home games without a win as part of their epic 38 league games without a win between September 2007 and September 2008.
I enjoyed the game. The players were not faultless but they did look as though they were trying to win and like they’d played together before. The atmosphere during and following the game felt better than last season. The crowd seemed less anxious and as we spilled out of the ground at the end, there were smiles on faces and even a few chants as we walked down the Coventry Road back into town. One game does not define a season but I do feel a bit hopeful.