With Barnsley’s game in hand looming, a win for Birmingham City against the Blades of Sheffield United would do them the world of good. Bolton were up against soon to be named champions Wolves, so their afternoon wasn’t to be a good one.
Birmingham started the game brightly, it looked like both sides had nothing to lose at one point. You could tell from a neutral perspective that Blues should never have been in the position they found themselves in, for the third straight season. Garry Monk has done a great job since being appointed and this was echoed by the home fans. Singing his name in a song they used to hail Gary Rowett by.
Chris Wilder’s side made an impactful start with two former Birmingham employees in their ranks. Mark Duffy and Clayton Donaldson. Donaldson was with the Blues for a fair few seasons before leaving for a fresh challenge. Duffy wasn’t at St Andrews for very long and he made that clear when he gave the Blades the lead. Celebrating in the faces of the fans in the Tilton and Kop corner; he was booked for his offences.
After the visitors opened up the scoring, Birmingham looked more up for it, but just couldn’t find the breakthrough. You could see why Sheffield United were in the mix for the play offs, a well drilled side where every player knew their role. This seemed to be the case in Monk’s reign so far. Since his introduction back into the side in December, Jaques Maghoma has been one of the most consistent players, I for one have ever seen in a royal blue shirt – he keeps performing even when Birmingham are on their knees.