Yesterday was a bad day for Birmingham City F C but a good one for West Midlands’ football. Villa and the Baggies beat the two Manchester teams, Wolves beat Sheffield United, and Walsall drew with Leyton Orient. I didn’t see any of the games but from the reports I heard, it sounded as though Walsall had turned in the West Midlands performance of the day. They played with 10 men for over 70 minutes and yet managed to become the first team to take a point from Leyton Orient this season.
I’m not too disheartened by Blues’ loss. The impression I gained from listening to the Radio WM commentary was that their performance was not too bad and that they were on top for a time in the second half until flattened by Reading’s second goal. The commentator mentioned Lingard racing back at one point to help out in defence and I found that encouraging; a player who is both gifted and willing to graft is invaluable. The other thing that struck me as I was listening was the weirdness of phrases such as: “Blues are looking slightly wide open” and “a little bit all over the place.”
I will be disheartened if Blues don’t get anything out of their next two home games against Millwall and Bolton. We need to win games against some of the other teams that are in the bottom half of the Championship. So I’m hoping for some points and also for a bigger crowd than we had against Swansea. The team needs our support.