“It’s a great feeling.” That’s what Lukas Jutkiewicz said when he was interviewed after the Fulham game. And it did feel great. There was an explosion of joy and relief when he scored the goal in the 75th minute followed by 20 tense minutes as we all wondered if Birmingham could hold on for the win. The 5 minutes added on seemed to last forever. Then came the whistle to end the game and more joy and relief.
At one point in the game, when Cheick Keita had displayed some impossibly good ball control, I had grumpily said that I’d much rather see a stupid goal than a clever flick. But when the goal came it wasn’t stupid and it was Keita that put in the cross for Jutkiewicz. Having a Fulham player sent off really helped our crowd and our players to believe we could win. That belief and a bit of luck, Fulham missed some chances, produced a result. We actually won a game.