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.
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.
Birmingham City lifted themselves off the foot of the Championship table with a 2-0 win over Reading on Tuesday night. It marked their first away win in 13 attempts in the League and the first time they had scored twice in a league game since their 2-1 win over Bristol City in August.
Saturday saw Birmingham City win 1-0 against Leeds United thanks to a late Jacques Maghoma goal. While the result did not see them move in the table due to the results around them it did ensure that Blues are now only three points away from 20th placed Barnsley.
Another day, another defeat for Birmingham City. This time it was Norwich City who emerged from St Andrew’s with the points having won 2-0, leaving Blues bottom of the table.
Another defeat for Birmingham City against Queens Park Rangers saw Steve Cotterill’s side slip to bottom of the table having won just 16 points from 22 games. It prompted another outpouring of vitriol and anger towards the management of the club on the internet – yet despite continued rumours otherwise, Cotterill remains in his post.
Rumours have intensified on Social Media and Blues message boards that Steve Cotterill is close to receiving his marching orders. The Cheltenham-born manager has only been in charge for ten games but with Blues only having won twice and only scoring three goals the knives are out already.
As a Birmingham City fan I should feel excited that it’s “game day” – particularly as a Blues fan based abroad knowing that I’m going to be able to watch the match on TV. Yet right now I can’t help but feel doom and gloom at another potential horror show.