The Most Important 12 Games Of The Season – By Cliff

Posted on March 2, 2007 
Filed Under Articles By Cliff, Blues News

Brucey, God love him, calls this part “the tickly bit”, the fixtures this weekend are as follows.

Blues v Cardiff City(1st v 6th)
West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland  (2nd v 4th)
Derby County v Colchester United (3rd v 10th)
Preston North End v Southampton (7th v 5th)

Remarkably if Wolves were to win and the results went their way they would be in the top six, that would be a superb achievement for them considering the lack of investment in the club. I think the top six now will be chosen from the current top eight teams.

Let’s look at the positive and say the results 100% go our way, we won, WBA and Sunderland drew, Derby lost and Preston v Southampton was also a draw. By my reckoning we would be three points clear and still have a game in hand on everyone except Derby. Let us pray!

Derby are due a bad run, let’s hope their current indifferent form continues and they come to St Andrews to be battered. The national press seem to be stirring things up with certain stories saying Bruce has dismissed the threat of Cardiff’s Michael Chopra, is this journalism simply meant to antagonise our opponents? I am fairly sure Bruce would not say such a thing having seen how certain Villa players comments have fired his team up in the past

While I was watching the game against Leeds my mind struggled to stay on the game and I started thinking about this league. I have asked this before, but is it an easier league to get out of nowadays or harder? I only ask because when TF was manager (and to a lesser degree BF) we seemed to play better football but not be quite good enough. I know towards the end of his reign it was poor but generally I do not remember being quite so bored during games.

I am not starting a dig at Bruce or anything but no-one could argue we play exciting football, maybe that’s the way you get up in this league. I think we would all settle for a poor season in terms of football displays that ends in promotion wouldn’t we? I remain to be 100% convinced we will go up but you cannot argue that we are top of the league and it’s in our hands to blow it. The simple fact is that if we won all our remaining games we would go up, is that so unlikely? There are only 12 games to go, we could easily remain unbeaten so why not win them all?

When all is said and done we should at least make the play-offs, as everyone knows luck then plays a massive part. I think it would be harsh on us to be in play-offs as we have been in the top 2 most the season, Bruce deserves praise for that. The fans (me included) have moaned about the guy, criticised and scrutinised every decision, complained about the players and tactics but he keeps going, and for that alone he deserves backing for the most important 12 games of the season.

He is not maybe the best manager in terms of tactics, maybe everyone is slightly bored but I think overall he has not done too bad a job. We have a massive chance now of getting back up, I think by the end of March if we were still top I would be delighted looking at the fixtures.

We must beat Cardiff this Sunday and follow that with all the points against Derby, I for one would love to see a full house and a massive roar behind the team. I beg all the stay away supporters to dig deep, yes it’s a lot of money but the club need your help, the players need your help, most of all the other fans need your help.

I would hate us to fail now, I would feel even worse if we failed in a half empty stadium with no atmosphere, it would be almost unbearable to then fill the ground for the first leg of a play off game! We all know the atmosphere would be great for that, let’s treat the last six home games in the same way.

Blues 2 – Cardiff 1


8 Responses to “The Most Important 12 Games Of The Season – By Cliff”

  1. Test on March 2nd, 2007 2:34 pm


  2. Funny Games » The Most Important 12 Games Of The Season - By Cliff on March 2nd, 2007 2:49 pm

    [...] Original post by Aff and plugin by Elliott Back [...]

  3. Scampicat on March 2nd, 2007 4:37 pm

    Play me no play offs!! My already shredded nerves won’t take it.

  4. lloydy on March 2nd, 2007 4:51 pm

    Cardiff game is almost sold out thanks to an offer to season ticket holders : u pto six tickets available for st. holders @ £5 each. I know one guy who is taking 18 family members down using a couple of his mates’ season ticket allowance !
    Should be a good atmosphere but if we allow Chopra the kind of space we gave the Leeds strikers then we could be in trouble.

    Come on the Blues , prmotion is in sight. Keep right on!

  5. Marc J on March 2nd, 2007 10:38 pm

    Anything but the play-offs!

    There’s no reason why we shouldn’t win this league.

    Despite all the troubles we’ve had, we’re still top again. Just wait till we really get going…

  6. alastair on March 2nd, 2007 11:33 pm

    Shame about the Derby result then! 5 1 does not sound like they are hitting a bad patch – and they looked good tonight – positive and attacking – full of self belief.

    In fact the sort of football we should be playing.

  7. Dave C on March 3rd, 2007 9:29 am

    Sunday will be about snuffing out Cardiff’s Chopra (did he really only cost £500k ?) – I think it will be dour and like a game of chess.

    For me Sheffers needs a rest and Julian should be put on the left and given the chance to earn a new contract – how have we let ourselves be so lacking in defensive cover ? all we need is a Taylor or N’Gotty red card/injury and we will be down to our bare bones in defence.

    Sorry but Mr Negative only see’s the play offs looming, and my nerves wont take that.

  8. alastair on March 3rd, 2007 2:00 pm

    its time for self belief – we have a team more than capable – after all, all we have to do is keep wining, and we go up. At the moment only us and Derby can say that.

    I am hoping for a full house on Sunday. Time for the twelth man to make his presence felt.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.


You have arrived at the archive site of the Birmingham City blog Joys & Sorrows. If you were looking for fresh, meaty stuff then this way, please.

This section of the site covers the blog portion of J&S from 26th April 2006 - when the site returned after a catastrophic hosting failure causing the loss of over 500 articles - to 28th April 2008 - when I decided to have a prolonged rest from the site.

Here, if it so takes your fancy, you can find every single article, totalling over 1,000, written by myself and many others over that two year period.

Unfortunately, the formatting on some of the posts is a little rough but since this is an archive, it doesn't matter too much. Nothing is unreadable although a great deal of the links will now, sadly, be broken. So internal Joys & Sorrows links will lead you to 404 errors.

I decided to archive them in this way because I wanted to start something fresh for the main part of the site. Hopefully you'll be able to see that up on the main portion of the site now.

Commenting for the archive section has obviously been switched off. You can flick around the archives by using the 'Find It' function in the middle column or the respective 'Categories' or 'Archives' headings in the sidebars

- Aff, 03/08/08.