RAMBLE | Birmingham 3 – 1 Wednesday

RAMBLE | Birmingham 3 – 1 Wednesday

Another defeat from the jaws of victory.

Birmingham City away a different fixture for me. A visit to family and a chance for pre match drinks which is an all too infrequent with my commutes for home games.

So a Friday night jaunt down the M6 for this away game and an early start for Saturday awaited.

Pre match drinks in Birmingham city centre at Hennessey’s bar in Digbeth with the niece and nephew (Birmingham season ticket holders) and other Birmingham fans led to 4 main talking points:

  1. The injury crisis
  2. Our lack of clean sheet
  3. Why the away allocation was a paltry 2,800 compared to previous seasons.
  4. How confident they were of landing all three points this afternoon due to their unbeaten run.

A few drinks and a swift twenty minute walk down Digbeth Road saw me arriving in good time for kick off with at least ten minutes to spare.

The injury crisis continues

Team news showed another 3 changes for the Owls with the bench predominantly consisting of under 23 players. This highlights yet again our woeful injury situation which we all expected to improve this season.

 

THE MATCH 

Wednesday started on the front foot with a high passing game. Something that was sadly not in any abundance on Tuesday night at QPR. An early chance saw Steven Fletcher take a pass from Bannan in midfield to clip the far post agonisingly with a good long range effort.

Our high pressing and tempo lead to a breakthrough on 19 minutes when, following a Bannan corner and a scramble in the penalty area, Fletcher struck the ball home from around 10 yards to give us the lead.

Five minutes later Liam Palmer had a gilt edged chance to increase our lead but missed the opportunity along with a second one – 3 -0 could, and should have been the lead by the half hour mark.

How many more chances do we need to close out a game? I feared that Birmingham would get back into the game before half time, and just before the break the same old defensive frailty reared its head as Tom Lees backtracked from Mahoney who struck a curling shot from the edge of the box to equalise.

All too familiar defensive mistakes that have blighted us this season were once again to lead to Birmingham getting a foot hold back in the game.

Missed opportunities and a half time 1- 1 when really Wednesday had chances to have the game wrapped up by the half hour mark.

Fletcher gives the Owls the lead

SECOND HALF

Birmingham now started the second half sensing that they would be the likely winners in this contest. Fletcher remained busy always searching for the right ball and opportunity.

Momentum started to swing Birmingham’s way and with the bizarre substitution of Fletcher with ten minutes remaining we capitulated in spectacular fashion yet again.

Joao is not the type of player up for a battle with 10 minute left on the clock.

Jos’ substitutions defy logic in my honest opinion in some matches this season.

After the game he stated Fletcher was not fresh – jeez was he watching Nuhiu?

Did he offer any threat in the ninety minutes?

If so, I must have blinked and missed that.

Jutkiewicz and Che Adams sealed the win for Birmingham to rub salts into the wound.

Last week prior to the fixtures we sat in sixth position in the table now one week and three defeats later we are sitting 15th with a poor goal difference.

That is the madness of the Championship.

Frustrating as it looks unlikely there will be a runaway team like Wolves this season. I’ve yet to see a stand-out side that looks the real deal .

Cameron Dawson cannot be blamed for any of the goals conceded yesterday his defence left him exposed for all three.

Waiting for the train back to Shirley I heard a Birmingham fan say: Even when we were losing I knew we were going to get back in the game and win. 

When was the last time you could say that for us?

Not this season for me – Performances and points tally need to improve massively in the next few weeks. However a look at the forthcoming fixtures does not fill you with much optimism.

The hysterical reactions on social media predictably followed but Jos needs a quick improvement in results otherwise mid table will look out of our grasp in another month’s time.

Ah well back to Sheffield next week, at least Rhodes can’t play.

Glyn

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One Comment

  1. Sheffield Wednesday was one of our toughest games of the season. 3-1 actually flattered us. I feel a draw would’ve been a fairer result in a tightly fought entertaining game. Great finishing by our players. Juke and Adams are on fire at the moment. That was the difference you failed to take your chances. There is a real steeliness about us this season and tbh we should easily be top 6 with the amount of games we’ve dominated and drawn because of poor finishing earlier this season. I think you’re being overly harsh on your manager. He just needs a bit more time. I don’t think there’s too much wrong with your team and the way he’s got you playing. Defensively I thought Hector had a great game though Lees was poor. You just need to sort out your defence and you are a top 6 team. Good luck for rest of the season.

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