Let’s see how long we can keep this up for.
The Blues have had a decent start to the season and currently sit eighth in the table, part of that has been built on their impressive home form. The Blues remain unbeaten in B9 with two wins and a draw.
Speaking in his press conference on Thursday, Clotet was keen to stress how important it was to keep up the team’s unbeaten home record and the kind of role the fans can play in making it a fortress:
“Obviously, every home team wants that, but I think we need a fantastic St. Andrew’s on Saturday because it’s a very tough side. I only speak game by game and that mentality into the team, we are facing very tough opposition who has started the league very strong. Their stats are very good, when you see them playing, they play with a lot of confidence, we need to make sure we can manage the game, stick to our plans and try to go with our football, and we need a St. Andrew’s fully behind the Birmingham players.”
I do agree with what Clotet said, at the end of the day your home ground is where most of your fans are, so winning in front of them is crucial to keeping up morale in front of the supporters.
However, I hope that he doesn’t end up simply relying on the form to get us through the season. Before the victory away at Charlton Athletic, the Blues had lost their last three away games 3-0, to Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest and Swansea City, so there needs to be an improvement in that area as well.
Whilst expectations from Blues fans might not be the highest this season, that still doesn’t mean that we should settle for it. A nice run of games at St Andrew’s is great, however if we want to keep ourselves away from the relegation zone as quickly as possible, then we need to make sure our results away from home are just as impressive as they are in Small Heath.
What about you? Do you think that we’ll be able to keep up our unbeaten run at St Andrew’s for much longer? Or do you think we’ve been riding our luck somewhat so far this season?