It was a huge three points for Blues against Bolton Wanderers yesterday evening, anything other than a victory would have probably left us with just a little too much to do, regarding keeping ourselves in contention for a play off spot, albeit Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich Town and Cardiff City all dropped points. It was a superb night for us.
I think every Blues supporter went into the game knowing that we ‘should’ win, but anybody who has followed Birmingham City long enough know that we never do things the easy way, so that was reassuring to say the least, especially as Bolton have a good record at St Andrew’s in recent years, with four wins in their previous six visits.
As we move onto our next game, Saturday has huge potential. Over 3,000 Blues fans are travelling down to West London as we face QPR, the venue of our last defeat in London, two and a half years ago, which makes it eight games unbeaten in the capital, winning five. Can we win? Yes, of course we can. QPR are having a very mediocre season, and have only won once at home in the league since beating Leeds at the end of November, whereas we have still only lost three times on our travels, and haven’t done since Boxing Day.
The return of David Cotterill is key, and in my opinion that mini slump we occured in November/December was down to his injury. But now he is back, it gives Rowett a positive ‘headache’ as to who should start on the wings, along with Diego Fabbrini, Will Buckley, Jacques Maghoma and Viv Soloman-Otabor, all of which are capable of occupying those positions.
So yes, Blues are very much in contention for a top six spot, and it is very beneficial that even now, pundits never seem to speak about us being able to catch the likes of Derby or Sheffield Wednesday, as that can only be a positive, as it takes off pressure from the players, who will carry on causing ‘upsets’ and if we’re still up there in a month or two, then who knows what can happen?
Be sure to follow me on Twitter – @JakeAWeldon, and hopefully my feedback on the QPR game will be positive, as we go into a very tricky fixture against Hull City next Thursday.
Keep Right On.