Date: 7th May 2017 at 3:19pm
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Bristol City 0 Blues 1

As the song goes: ‘he saved us from the drop, to take us to the top, we’ve got Harry Redknapp’. What a day. Birmingham City survive. It was bloody hard work too.

Sir Harry has registered as many wins in eight days as Blues have since December. It was horrible to watch. It was torture. Finger nails gone. Head pounding. Arse twitching.

Redknapp knew that Blues could not rely on anyone else. They had to get the job done. When Che Adams scored 16 minutes in, chapter one was complete.

Blues could have counted themselves lucky to be just one goal up at the interval. Fabian Giefer in the Bristol City goal made two outstanding saves and Blues worked a handful of other decent openings.

The second half followed different script though. Blues were hanging on, backs to the wall. Hearts were in mouths a few times but when you actually dissect proceedings, the hosts only mustered up one shot on Tomasz Kuszczak’s goal.

Lee Johnson’s side were never going to lie down and their possession was relentless. Yet, Blues stood firm and dealt with any threat.

Redknapp has instilled a solidity about Blues, similar to the way they were prior to Christmas.   Two wins, two clean sheets. Football isn’t rocket science. Managers of Redknapp’s ilk understand how to simplify the game and set up to their teams strengths.

Maikel Kieftenbeld’s tireless efforts in the middle of the park epitomised what Blues are about, and what they had to do to stay in the Championship. Thirteen men were unbelievably committed to the cause today, that is what Bluenoses expect week in week out.

Six minutes of stoppage time was the last thing Blues wanted. A Bristol City equaliser would have sent them down to League One. Instead, it’s Blackburn Rovers (who, along with Wolves, conspired against Blues to send them down in 2011) who will be playing in the third tier next season.

Enjoy this moment, have a few beers. And Keep Right On!

 
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