October 28, 2012 by Made In Brum
With Blues seemingly starting to gel, we embark upon two vital home games, which if you look at bigger picture, could be the biggest of the season. After a hard-fought point against high-flying Leicester last week, and a heroic fight back from three-down at Millwall, Blues won a deserved three points at Leeds yesterday.
Next week, Blues host the bottom two sides at St. Andrews, Ipswich Town (Saturday- 3pm) and Bristol City(Tuesday week, 7.45pm) in two potentially season defining games. When have two home games so early on been so important? The way things stand, with two wins, Lee Clark’s men could move up to 7th in the Championship. But don’t think it’ll be straight forward.
Town have just lost manager Paul Jewell, and assuming they name a replacement in the next week, their players will have a fresh point to prove. Bristol City, under the leadership of former Albion player Derek McInnes are a strange old side. Footballing wise, they’re not a bad outfit, but poor results, including yesterday’s 2-1 reverse at home to Hull, leave them 23rd with just 11 points (that’s four more than Ipswich- in 24th).
There’s a general feeling growing around Birmingham that Blues are starting to show people what they can do. We’re not flying by any means, but these next two games can more than kick start our season and put the out of character bad form at St. Andrews to bed.
We asked the players, as did Lee Clark, to stand up and be counted, start taking pride in their performances, and hats off to them, they have. Nathan Redmond and Ravel Morrison are starting to show what they can do, Marlon King is looking sharper, the back four (bar 18 minutes at Millwall) is looking a bit better, Jack Butland is proving why he’s so highly rated, Hayden Mullins who was decent at Leeds, Wade Elliott is his usual tricky and committed self… To keep Chris Burke out of the team, you must be doing something right. There’s a lot of good signs right now, but these next two home games are vital. Come on Blues! We’re behind you all the way.
By Rob Wildey.