18.11.2017… Notts Forest (h)…

Birmingham City 1 Nottingham Forest 0nottsforest

St. Andrew’s… Saturday November 18th… 3pm

Attendance: 21,071

Ticket: £30 – Programme: £3

I’d rather have been at Old Trafford today, it hasn’t always been particularly difficult to get away tickets, but that’s a different story…

Anyway, since the away tickets dried up (learnt my lesson, I’m saying nothing), the trips to St. Andrew’s have been becoming increasingly frequent. I struggle to watch football on the television, it’s not the same sport. I’d rather be at St. Andrew’s watching Blues than watching Newcastle on Sky/BT, and if that makes me a terrible supporter, then so be it…

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Pre-Match: Obafemi Martins… or The Ghost of Underachievement Past…

Anyway, to the game that I did watch, featuring my adopted side (which definitely puts me on the terrible supporter list). Birmingham scored early via a well taken Che Adams strike, then spent the remainder afternoon on the back foot, eventually hanging on for an absolutely vital three points…

A win’s a win though, and a very important win it was too, as it was enough to lift them out of the bottom three…

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First-Half: Birmingham City Take an Early Lead…

Birmingham City; Kuszcak, Nsue, Grounds, Roberts, Kieftenbeld, Dean, Adams (Jutkiewicz 90+3), Gallagher, Davis, Jota (Ndoye 86), Gleeson (Maghoma 46)

Not Used; Trueman, Boga, Cotterill, Morrison

Goals; Adams (5)

Nottingham Forest; Smith, Darikwa, Mancienne, Worrall, Lichaj, Bridcutt, Osborn (Clough 67), Walker (Cummings 85), Dowell, McKay, Brereton (Ward 77)

Not Used; Henderson, Mills, Cash, Bouchalakis

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr

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04.11.2017… Bournemouth (h)…

Newcastle United 0 AFC Bournemouth 1

St. James’ Park… Saturday November 4th… 3pm

Attendance: 52,237

Ticket: £41 – Programme: £3

Not a great afternoon. Things may have been different if we hadn’t had a perfectly good goal disallowed for offside in the first half; a half that we had much the better of…

As the game progressed, and the injuries (Lascelles and Atsu) mounted, Bournemouth gradually took control. Although conceding in injury time never gets any easier, the one positive to be taken from the goal being so late was that the vast majority of the moaners had left early, and missed the opportunity for another whinge…

Anyway, this was the first of our winnable home matches that we haven’t won. It highlighted a few issues that we were already aware of, but it’s hardly a reason to go into meltdown…

International break, then Manchester United away (well, Birmingham v Forest for me). An easy three points to get us back on track… Ditto Blues…

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Pre-Match: Warming Up…

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First Half: A Newcastle Corner…

Newcastle United; Elliot, Yedlin, Lejeune (YC), Lascelles (Clark 55), Manquillo, Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey (YC), Atsu (Murphy 83), Gayle, Joselu (Perez 68)

Not Used; Darlow, Diame, Gamez, Mitrovic

Goals; None

AFC Bournemouth; Begovic, Francis (YC), S.Cook, Ake, Daniels, Ibe (Defoe 77), Arter, Surman (YC), Pugh, King, Wilson (A.Smith 77)

Not Used; Boruc, Gosling, L.Cook, Fraser, Mousset

Goals; S.Cook (90+2)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

01.11.2017… Brentford (h)…

Birmingham City 0 Brentford 2

St. Andrew’s… Wednesday November 1st… 7.45pm

Attendance: 19,045

Ticket: £25 – Programme: £3

A woeful performance from Birmingham City; and if the alarm bells weren’t ringing beforehand then they certainly were by full time…

It’s going to be another very long winter…

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Pre-Match Reading…

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First Half Action…

Birmingham City; Kuszczak, Colin (Cotterill 9), Morrison (YC), Roberts, Grounds, Davis (YC), Kieftenbeld (Jutkiewicz 77), Jota (Gallagher 58), Ndoye, Maghoma, Adams

Not Used; Trueman, Gardner, Dean, Boga

Goals; None

Brentford; Bentley, Dalsgaard (Barbet 65), Egan, Bjelland, Clarke, Mokotjo, Sawyers, Woods (YC), Jozefzoon (Canos 85), Vibe (Maupay 69), Watkins

Not Used; Daniels, McLeod, McEachran, Mepham

Goals; Watkins (74 pen), Maupay (84)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

29.10.2017… Aston Villa (h)…

Birmingham City 0 Aston Villa 0

St. Andrew’s… Sunday October 29th… 12pm

Attendance: 24,408

Ticket: £35 – Programme: £3

My first Birmingham derby, a tight game, which Birmingham City probably had marginally the better of. Jota missing a fantastic chance to win it early in the second half…

What did I learn? Blues fans can’t half make some noise, and Villa fans can’t. Although maybe I knew that already…

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Pre-Match: The Players Take the Field…

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Second Half Action: Birmingham Attack…

Birmingham City; Kuszczak, Colin, Morrison, Roberts, Grounds, Kieftenbeld, Davis D; Jota (Boga 82), Ndoye, Adams (Jutkiewicz 90+2), Vassell (Gallagher 45+1)

Not Used; Trueman, Dean, Gardner, Maghoma

Goals; None

Aston Villa; Johnstone, Elmohamady, Chester, Terry, Hutton, Snodgrass (Jedinak 60), Whelan, Hourihane (Davis K 74), Adomah, Onomah, Kodjia (Hogan 81)

Not Used; Steer, De Laet, Samba, Bjarnason

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

28.10.2017… Chesterfield (a)…

Chesterfield 2 Carlisle United 2

Proact Stadium… Saturday October 28th… 3pm

Attendance: 5,102

Ticket: £20 – Programme: £3

The first time that I’ve watch Carlisle in a while, and a first ever trip to the Proact Stadium. I’m not a collector of grounds but it’s always makes a change to visit a new one…

A goal down at half-time, 2-1 up with ten minutes left, hanging on at the end; so probably a fair result…

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Pre-Match: Outside the Proact Stadium…

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Second Half Action…

Chesterfield; Lee, Barry, Wiseman, Hird, Evatt, Kellett (O’Grady 62) Rowley, McCourt, Weir, Dennis, Briggs

Not Used; Anyon, Mitchell, Sinnott, Dimaio, De Girolamo, Maguire

Goals; McCourt (40), Dennis (84)

Carlisle United; Bonham, Brown, T Miller (Bennett 46), Hill, Liddle, Grainger, Joyce, Jones, Adams (Rigg 83), Devitt, Hope (Parkes 90)

Not Used; George, Nabi, Cosgrove, Salkeld

Goals; Grainger (55), Bennett (73)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…