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.
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.