Not long before Birmingham City ensured their safety from relegation from the Championship, rumours broke on Twitter that Blues were facing sanction from the EFL due to breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.
A comeback 2-1 victory over Sheffield United leaves Birmingham City two places and five points above the dropzone, with just three games left for Barnsley to save themselves. An early Mark Duffy goal gave the lead to the blades but a first goal for the club for Marc Roberts and a one-on-one goal from Jacques Maghoma ensured the points stayed at St Andrew’s.
Three games, three wins, three clean sheets. It’s safe to say happy times are here again at St Andrew’s and while worries of relegation are nowhere near completely gone there is once again a feeling that Blues will be safe.
The current international break has been a quiet one for Blues. The positivity generated from the recent changes at the top seem to have given fans hope not just for the remainder of this season but also that things are more likely to improve in the long term.
Birmingham City ended a run of seven consecutive defeats with a convincing 3-0 victory over fellow strugglers Hull City. Goals from Jota (2) and Adams were enough to complete a first victory for Garry Monk while the defence held out for their first Championship clean sheet in 11 games.
A while back on this website I termed three members of the “inner circle” the axis of incompetence for the way I felt that they were running affairs at the club. I’m given to understand that the axis has lost two members with both Darren Dein and Jeff Vetere losing their influence on the club.
Four defeats on the spin and once again, things seem to be looking grim at St Andrew’s. In just a couple of weeks I’ve seen people going from offering public apologies to manager Steve Cotterill to demanding his head once again.
Birmingham City embraced the culture of the club’s ownership this weekend with a celebration of the Chinese New Year at St Andrew’s, complete with “red pockets” given out to fans entering the stadium.
Birmingham City capped off a fairly horrible week on Sunday, capitulating to a 2-0 loss in the Second City Derby. Sam Gallagher was unlucky not to put the team ahead in the first half but Blues showed a lack of fight until injury time when Cheikh Ndoye was sent off for a second yellow card after lashing out at John Terry.
Saturday saw Birmingham City lift themselves to 19th in the Championship table after comfortably beating nine-man Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 at Hillsborough. The result means Blues now lie more than three points from the relegation places and within touching distance of lower mid-table.