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Safety

I will believe that Birmingham City is safe from relegation when it is mathematically safe. Probably safe is not good enough for me. I thought that my team had won when they were leading 4-1 with about 20 minutes to go on April 12, 1993.  Then Swindon scored 5 and we lost 4-6. We did escape relegation that season by getting a 1-0 win against Charlton in the last game but that Swindon game transformed my understanding of being safe.

So today, we need to get a draw at least to put us on 48 points and Rotherham on 41, with only 2 games and 6 more points possible for them. A win would be better, to get us back to the 50 we had before the points deduction.  Whatever happens, our small squad has done well this season to have a good chance of avoiding relegation despite the points deduction.

I was disappointed that we didn’t get a win against Derby, but it was a good game. Both teams wanted to win and made an effort to do that. We stayed unbeaten and got another point.  As I’ve written in a previous post, I would prefer not to have a game on Good Friday but I’ve gone to games on that day. We played Rotherham on Good Friday in 2015 and won 2-1.  I’d be happy with that result today.

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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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Preston

Our away fans have been magnificent this season and I’d like to express my respect and good wishes to all Birmingham City fans travelling up to watch the game at Preston today. I hope you see our team put in a similar performance to the one against Derby but get a better result. We lost to a better team, but I don’t think we deserved that scoreline. Continue reading

A little bit of hope

Last time we played at Pride Park

It hurts when hopes are dashed so I try not to hope for too much from Birmingham City. But I haven’t managed to suppress a little bit of hope after watching Lee Carsley’s press conference and reading reports of what he has said. He seems to be a man who cares more about the club than he cares about his own ego and that’s refreshing.  Continue reading

One goal

First home game resultWhat 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. Continue reading

Hope

As I was browsing the The Two Unfortunates site I read an article in their Hopeless Football League Teams series  and had a feeling that Birmingham City had probably been featured in that  sometime.  Sure enough, when I checked earlier articles, I found an account of Birmingham City’s 1993-94 season.  It brought back a lot of memories.  Continue reading

Still looking for a silver lining

I’m not going to comment on what has gone on in Hong Kong and what it means for the future of Birmingham City. There’s no point in me writing about the Hong Kong happenings because anything I could produce would be mainly a rehash of what Daniel has put on Often Partisan1 and you’d be better off reading it there.  And I’m not writing anything about the future of Birmingham City because I have no idea what will happen next but continue to fear the worst.   Continue reading