Just like the album the title of this blog post comes from, Birmingham came out on top of a thriller against Wolves last Friday night.
A fortunate Kieftenbeld opener (they all count Maikel!) and a very well worked, superbly taken David Davis second gave the Blues enough of a cushion to see off a Wolves side struggling at Molineux.
I’ll hold my hands up, I thought we would be staring down the barrel of a 1 win in 15 stat come the end of the game and serious speculation amongst the faithful as to whether or not the man at the helm would walk. It had all the hallmarks of a Blues loss about it – We were on TV, Wolves struggling to buy a win at home, there was an air of expectation about a Blues win, all of which normally means we set about to disappoint!
But not this time, We won! I’m not entirely sure how, but we won.
What I do know is that the performance was full of guts, pride and passion – all of which seemed to have disappeared over the previous 14 games. What I found interesting was Zola had reverted tactically to a more solid system. We invited pressure, hounded Wolves in key positions and hit them on the counter – sound like anyone we know? But this isn’t a time to be making comparisons with Rowett, this is a time to enjoy a rare 3 points and look forward to another Friday night under the lights against Leeds United.
What was pleasing to see, was how much it meant to everyone, but especially the players. The reaction they had after the final whistle and congratulating the supporters was great to see, as was Davis’ interview after game – full of commitment just like his performance throughout the 90 minutes.
Leeds have got a cracking home record this season, their away form however is a lot more hit a miss. It will be very interesting to see which Leeds team turns up to St Andrews Friday. In fact, it will be interesting to see which Blues team turns up as well!
I personally think it’s a little blessing in disguise that Robbo is suspended for the game. He’s not a centre half any more – he lacks pace, height and the ability to jump and he is in no way an adequate replacement for either Michael Morrison or Ryan Shotton.
But in truth, it will be interesting to see if Zola adopts a similar strategy for home games or whether he is going to persist in attacking, attractive football when we’re at home. I have a horrible feeling he will opt to go for the latter and we will be torn a new one by a clinical Leeds side.
Coming full circle and back to the post title, I hope Blues are now going to be starting something and get points ticking over, I’m not after a surprise leap towards play-offs, just give everyone associated with the club a lift ready for another summer of change.