BCFC: Belief and Optimism

A well-fought 1-0 win over Leeds United ended Birmingham City’s run of defeats and pushed Blues into 17th spot above Queens Park Rangers. With six games left in the Championship season and five points separating Blues and Rotherham in 22nd place have Garry Monk’s men done enough to end fears of the dreaded “R” word?

St Andrew's taken 26 December 2018

I have to admit that after five successive defeats in March accompanying our nine-point deduction from the EFL, I’ve been looking at the table feeling increasingly worried that Blues will get sucked into the bottom three.

However, the win over Leeds underlined something that gives me hope that everything will be okay.

At the start of the season, Blues played good football but it felt like they couldn’t catch a break and they struggled to win.

Indeed, it wasn’t until Blues played their ninth league game of the season – curiously enough against Leeds United – that they recorded their first three points.

The hero that day was Che Adams, who scored his second and third goals in what has been an incredible season for him.

That win helped to kick start our season to a point where the optimistic among us were thinking that maybe a playoff tilt wasn’t out of our reach

Unfortunately, Blues faltered again in March.

Players looked tired and after a season that has demanded mental as well as physical strength, I will admit I was starting to worry.

Against Preston and the Baggies things started to improve. Both games were lost but based on the way we played Blues could and maybe should have won both.

Like at the start of the season, Blues needed that one game where things went right and once again against Leeds, they got it.

And once again, it was Che Adams who proved to be the difference, taking his chance with aplomb to score the solitary goal in the game.

Admittedly, we’re not out of the woods yet – but destiny is very much in our own hands.

Four of our last six games Blues have left to play are against the teams in the bottom six.

Admittedly three of those four games are away from home, but I feel confident that won’t be an issue.

Likewise, while I feel for Maikel Kieftenbeld who could potentially have ended his season prematurely with the injury sustained in the Leeds game, I think Blues have enough cover to get through.

Just one final month of effort will be enough to get us across the line and into the summer when the team can rebuild again.

What I’d most like to see is Blues secure their position early enough to allow Monk the luxury of trying out some of the talent that is to come such as Jude Bellingham.

The 15-year-old has been with the matchday squad for the last few weeks and I would love to see Blues have the opportunity to put the wunderkind midfielder on the bench before the end of the season.

It might not have been the end to the season that some of us wanted but I think on the pitch at least there are reasons to be optimistic.

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