February 5, 2013 by Made In Brum
This season hasn’t been a particularly great one for Blues. Time after time they’ve turned one corner, only for another one just as big, just as long to appear. Everything seemed bad, the fans seemed miserable, the manager seemed lost.
What a difference a week makes. Transfer window slams shut with Blues’ squad still in tact, and one new addition in Wes Thomas. The fire sale that was mentioned in certain quarters of the media (mostly national tabloid rags) didn’t materialise and then with back-to-back wins, everything seems a lot brighter.
I know I may be getting carried away (why shouldn’t we?) As Blues have a habit of kicking us where it hurts, but with Charlton away followed by two home games against Watford and Sheffield Wednesday, if Blues could win two of these, we could suddenly find ourselves in the play-off picture. What a feat this would be. And an unexpected one.
Now, shoot me down if you wish, as I know it is unlikely, but why shouldn’t we dream of making the play-offs? Stranger things have happened. Did Bradford imagine for one second that they’d beat three top flight sides on their way to a Wembley final? Did we expect to get to the Carling Cup Final, let alone win it?
With the squad we have on paper, we should be higher in the league table than 16th. But its a start. Six points above the bottom three, but only 10 points off the top six. Its doable. Two wins from the next three, and that gap becomes even less. Another couple of wins after that, who knows? A good run is all it takes. And the way the Championship works is that no-one in the top 16 or 17 is ever out of the play-off picture. Teams have appeared from nowhere to promotion, teams who were worse off than Blues are now. When Steve Bruce led Blues to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2002, when he took over, we were below mid-table. And look what happened.
Am I dreaming? Will we be shot down? Or are the side, finally, showing what they’re capable of?
Dream the unexpected. It’s not impossible. What’s the worst that can happen? We finish mid-table, and stay in the Championship? But didn’t we all expect that anyway? I’m going to put my neck on the line here and say that we will not go down!
Blues haven’t been the most successful team over their 138 year existence, but the supporters have always dreamt and lived in hope. So if we all start pulling together, backing the team and see where we end up. It could happen. This is Football. You never know!
By Rob Wildey.