Date: 23rd April 2018 at 5:00pm
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As I have been keen to point in recent weeks, belief can go a long way in football. How many times has our team wilted after going a goal behind? But it looks as though Garry Monk’s side are made of much sterner stuff.

The fact that we conceded so early could have killed our chances of getting a result, and yet we came back to grab the three points. So, what do we learn from the vital win at St Andrews on Saturday?

1) Crowd setting the tone

Hearing Keep Right On sound out so loudly from the 24,000 that were in attendance after going behind no doubt kept the players positive. The manager has done a fine job of reconnecting with the fans since his arrival.

With the second highest gate of the season, we are showing we are fully behind what the club is doing. That belief and support fed into the players’ performances, with even Jota putting a shift in to win the ball off our opponents.

Huge support is helping the players to perform, which in turn keeps the fans on side. A virtuous circle which has been a major reason for the revival in recent games.

2) Maghoma kept his composure

The winger has been the club’s player of the season by a long way. He has not only come alive since Monk’s arrival, and has been one of the few shining lights throughout the campaign. Yet, we needed him to be composed when it mattered most.

Considering all of our missed chances in recent games, I wasn’t 100% sure when he was put through on goal, but our no.19 was coolness personified when he blasted home. He must have known the importance of the opportunity, but despite not having scored since the start of February, he still finished it off.

3) Monk returns to front foot mentality

The switch in formation against Wolves was a one-off. The manager’s return to 4-4-2 allowed the team to play on the front foot, keeping the crowd on the edge of their seats, and giving us the best chance of getting a win.

Especially facing a team who were again playing three at the back, the temptation could have been to flood the midfield, but Che Adams was thrown straight back in after his suspension to partner Jutkiewicz. The selection paid off with our no.14 providing the assist for the winner.

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3 Replies to “3 Things We Learnt From Birmingham’s Comeback Win Against The Blades”

  • Nobody is more delighted than myself with the vital Sheffield win. Blues are my life second only to my family.Having got that out of the way,I really feel we should have a reality check as to the potential of our current squad,especially with one eye on the next season. Last weekend we showed bottle,grit and determination.Skill factor,apart from Maghoma was lacking with our midfield of Keifenbeld and Davis huffing and puffing without creating much-they rarely do.Roberts IMO,is still very average and a liability.Jukey tries hard but lacks that extra yard and hardly lethal.Adams has the potential but is it ever going to be realised. My whole point is this,survival is key and necessary but when the last kick of the ball come Fulham game then I expect Monk to replace nearly 60% of the current team in order to make us into a top half club. My omissions would be Stockdale,Roberts,Keifenbeld,Jukey,Gardner,Davis. Basically I am pretty sure Monk will want a new Keeper and a dominant CH,together with a new midfield.Also,so obvious that a centre forward will arrive. It is very emotional to get carried away by our current squad who are trying their utmost and I being one who gets it,but outside the box we must look and drastic surgery needs to be done if we are not to enter another season of anguish.Monk I feel confident will not for a minute let that happen.

  • Well I think Gardner made the difference when he came on, kept the ball moving forward…..I would like to see him start at QPR………………..

  • Gardner may well start DEdblue with Davis and Keifenbeld.QPR are a dangerous factor as nothing with them is predictable especially as they can now play with freedom.Holloway is an odd ball who could decide to play any unpredictable formation.My adviceto Monk is to stick to Adams and Jukey as the front two with the obvious Jota and Maghoma as wide men.Where I feel we could make a change is in goal where Kusczak would instill a lot more confidence instead of the very heavy Stockdale.He is ok if shots are at him but put them low and he struggles.

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