Date: 22nd April 2018 at 3:47pm
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Blues 2 Sheffield Utd 1

Before this weekend, Birmingham City had only won from a losing position once. That was back in August, the opening home game of the season against Bristol City.

That day, Jacques Maghoma’s goal turned the game on its head and gave Blues all three points.

Maghoma was at it again yesterday netting the winner to haul Blues closer to safety

As usual, it was done the hard way. Mark Duffy’s scuffed shot put the Blades ahead after just seven minutes – and was duly booked for his celebration.

But Blues are a different team with Garry Monk at the helm and kept battling, never losing focus or confidence.

Marc Roberts gave Blues parity. The defender, in for the suspended Harlee Dean, met Maghoma’s corner and thumped the ball in from close range.

The visitors started the second half brightly and were working some decent positions. But David Stockdale was rarely troubled.

Maghoma and Jota were taking the game by the scruff of the neck and causing problems. But through the central midfield areas, Blues were sloppy.

Maikel Kieftenbeld was replaced by Craig Gardner and the hosts started to get a grip on the game.

Blues were soon ahead when Maghoma latched on to Che Adams’ lobbed pass, beat the defender for pace and kept his composure to slot past the onrushing Jamal Blackman in the 69th minute.

It was the least Blues deserved for their efforts and desire.

With Bolton and Barnsley both losing, Blues are within touching distance of survival once again.

Vital Blues Man of the Match – Jacques Maghoma


5 Replies to “Blues blunt the Blades and take big step towards safety”

  • This is without doubt the best chance of staying in this division. Since last August we have witnessed extreme disappointment coupled with near despair of what our club is capable of doing to itself-namely self destruction.At this precise moment we as true supporters are teetering on forgiveness especially with the shrewd arrival of Garry Monk. It is fairly apparent that recent managers have not used what players Monk has inherited to the best plan of winning points in this harsh division.We can look at Barnsley,Bolton and pray for what we wish,but QPR is the acid test for me where a point would be heaven.This would be our insurance against a very nervy final game with Fulham.

  • Fantastic atmosphere and result. Garry Monk has both the players and supporters all pulling in the same direction. We look a whole different team. Every player is putting a shift in and we look organised unlike the shambles earlier in the season. One more win needed to guarantee safety .

  • Fascinating scenarios – Bolton lose to Burton and with a worse GA than Blues would probably finish lower. If Burton win they would still have to beat play-off contenders Preston at Deepdale to finish above us. Even if Barnsley beat Notts Forest they would need to beat either of play-off hopefuls Brentford and Derby to finish above Blues. Let’s hope by the final game that Fulham know whether they are automatic promotion or not – and that Blues are safe.

  • Brian is spot on with all the fascinating scenarios.Do we want it or need it? definitely no. We need the future to be very much at the other end of the table. One particular issue for me regarding Monk and his quest for Championship survival is that should he steer us to survival it would end my interest in Rowett for good.This is why whatever mismanagement howlers have gone on in the past will be totally forgotten by the arrival of this very calm,measured asset we now have.

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