The football season might be coming to an end but the transfer season is just about to begin. The last two summers have been somewhat chaotic for varying reasons – is it just possible that this year will see a modicum of common sense and Blues building in a constructive and proper way?
Birmingham City took another point towards confirming their Championship status for next season in a scrappy draw with Ipswich Town at Portman Road on Saturday. That draw leaves Blues in 18th place, six points clear of Rotherham in 22nd with four games remaining.
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?
Blues’ final match of 2018 finished in a dour draw yesterday to bring what has most things considered been a successful year for the club. The turn of a new year is a time for reflection on what has passed and thoughts for the future, and in that vein I thought I would share mine.
Birmingham City made it two wins in two over the Christmas period with a well fought victory over Stoke City. Jacques Maghoma and Omar Bogle both scored Christmas crackers of goals as the Potters succumbed to their first defeat since losing to Blues back in October.
Birmingham City finally ended their winless start to the season on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Leeds United at Elland Road. A brace from Che Adams was enough to secure victory for Garry Monk’s men against his former club and lift Birmingham City in the Championship standings to 17th.
Birmingham City let a two-goal lead slip to draw with Nottingham Forest 2-2 at the City Ground on Saturday. The performance of Lee Camp in goal – particularly for Forest’s second – has once again reignited calls from some fans to reintegrate either David Stockdale or Tomasz Kuszczak into the first team setup.
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.