View from the South – Birmingham City v Swansea City

I had only just got over the disappointment of the 1-0 loss to Fulham on Saturday. A deserved point was cruelly snatched away in the 96th minute in a game where Blues had worked so hard to get something out of a game from which I expected nothing. In truth we should have been at least 2-0 to the good by half time but sadly our wunderkind, Jude Bellingham missed two glorious chances and put a header that he was having to stretch for against the post all in the first half. Fulham were far better in the second half and were the better side but they didn’t deserve the win and the goal when it came from a fortuitous run of the ball broke the hearts of the players and I’ve no doubt all those watching. There are not enough swear words and other expletives to describe my reaction so I’ll leave it there.

In the pouring rain at St Andrews, Blues got off to a fast start and amazingly scored after only five minutes through Lukas Jutkiewicz who latched onto a second ball in the box from a corner. It was downhill from there as weak defending, once again from Kristian Pedersen who allowed his man to get in front of him. A simple nod down into the path of Brewster who made no mistake from ten yards out. Pathetic defending and something that has become too common in our home matches of late. Swansea were looking dangerous every time they came forward and were having the lion’s share of the play.

However, Blues seemed to settle after the drinks break and it was an even contest until a minute before the break when Swansea were awarded a free kick against Clarke-Salter who had merely got to the ball and headed it out for a throw in. The assistant deemed it a foul against Gallagher; rubbish decision but you’ve still got to defend it. The kick from the right wing was initially headed out by Pedersen but the ball was recycled back into the box where Clarke-Salter made a hash of the clearance of Connor Roberts cross and the ball ran kindly to Ben Cabango who finished from close range. Marc Roberts turned his body but was nowhere near robust enough in trying to prevent the shot and slightly against the run of play it was 2-1.

Any hope Blues had of getting back into the game was extinguished when substitute for Hogan, Jude Bellingham, missed another good chance right in front of goal and Jutkiewicz also had a chance blocked. Swansea’s first foray into our half resulted in a corner in Kop corner. A simple ball from Grimes rolled into Jay Fulton standing unmarked just near the penalty spot was dispatched first time into the top corner. I exploded and the language is not repeatable here. This was the most abject, incompetent, embarrassing and pathetic pieces of defending from a professional football club that I have seen in years and I can only say that the team talks for opposition managers must go something like; “Boys, this lot are even worse than I’d been led to believe! They couldn’t defend if you gave them the materials to build a brick wall in front of their goal, so fill your boots!”

That is FIVE home games running where we have shipped THREE goals! No win in ten games and not looking like it is going to change any time soon. We are awful! This was a capitulation; clueless, effortless, heartless, passionless garbage! I don’t expect much from Blues nowadays, such are the depths to which we have descended but the least I demand as a fan is some drive, determination and hard work and a bloody-minded will not to get beat easily! I am angry, upset and disconsolate at this stage. Gallows humour dictates that it’s the hope that kills you. I would say having no hope is worse! It has reached the stage that whenever I tune in to watch Blues, I feel I’m waiting for the opposition to score!

The good, I suppose is that I’m not having to travel 125 miles to watch this tripe, the bad is that I didn’t think it could get any worse after Huddersfield but it has and the ugly is that if we don’t go down this season, we will next year unless there is radical change at our football club and what are the chances of that eh?

The only bright note was the little cameo by Jayden Reid when he came on in place of Jeremie Bela for the last 15 minutes for his debut. Once again I’m not going to attempt to score the players’ performances. Many were not worthy of assessment!

Birmingham City: Camp, Pedersen, Roberts, Clarke-Salter, Colin, Gardner, Sunjic, Crowley, Bela (Reid 76) Jutkiewicz, Hogan (Bellingham HT)

Subs not used: Trueman, Harding, Gordon, Dean, Kieftenbeld, Boyd-Munce, Stirk.

Goals: Jutkiewicz 5.

Bookings: Roberts 54, Gardner 72.

Swansea City: Woodman, Roberts, Naughton, Cabango, Guehi, Bidwell, Fulton, Grimes, Gallagher, Ayew, Brewster (Routledge 82)

Subs not used: Mulder van dear Hoorn, Byers, Dhanda, Celina, Kaluhu, Dyer, Cullen.

Goals: Brewster 12, Cabango 45, Fulton 53.

Referee: Jarred Gillett.

Bazza KRO

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3 Comments on View from the South – Birmingham City v Swansea City

  1. Bazza. Whilst I have enough on my plate writing for Vital Birmingham most days, I nevertheless like to keep updated on your work.Again this piece is worthy of reading and I gain humility as to your fair balanced views.Only wish it could rub off on myself at times! After last night’s debacle and Clotet’s departure I have rejigged todays article.Hope you get time to read it. Take care.

  2. There is a general malaise at the Club from top to bottom and has been for a few seasons now,I could rant and rave about almost everything that is wrong with the Club but its got to stage I cant be bothered to putmy frustrations into words anymore.Where we go from here,I do not know

  3. Since the time of writing, Pep Clotet has left the club. Four games too late in my view! It was a bizarre decision to have him stay once he had announced his intention to go at the end of the season. I’ve nothing against Pep personally but how are players going to give their all for a lame duck coach? Though there is no excuse for a reprehensible dereliction of duty from the players last night, I can understand how difficult it must be to be motivated by a bloke whose own heart really isn’t in it. The present situation is an unmitigated disaster of the ownership’s making. One can only hope that Craig Gardner and Robbo between them can stick a couple of size tens up the arses of the players to help us stumble over the line to salvage what’s left of a catastrophic shambles of a season. Heaven help us going forward because I really think it has reached the stage when divine intervention is needed!

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