By Brad Dixon
Tuesday 01 Mar 2011 12:47:00
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Congratulations to Birmingham City for their Carling Cup victory.  A team outside the big four winning a major trophy is surely healthy for our game and gives the rest of us hope that one day it will be our turn.  However if wining the Carling Cup in February is followed by relegation* in May, then I’d rather leave the big four to it.  Birmingham sit a precarious two points above the bottom three after their heroic run in the Carling cup.  Combine this with a quarter final place in the FA cup and Birmingham have played a hell of a lot of games over the winter that has surely had a say in their lowly league position.  Take our game at St Andrews.  We won 2-0 and comfortably at that.  McLeish said his players were tired and who could blame them?  Fighting on three fronts is hard enough for one of the big teams never mind a squad the size of Birmingham.  Or even a squad like Newcastle?  I’m sure a lot of our fans sat with their feet up moaning at the TV as they watched the final thinking that could/should have been us but thank god it wasn’t – not this season anyway.  Our squad is at breaking point as it is without a cup run right through to the final, and it’s a lot smaller than Birmingham’s.  We can’t say for sure where we would be in the league had we swapped places with Birmingham and ended up at Wembley but I don’t want to find out and I’m rather happy with 9th place and no trophy thank you.  Negative some would say, but you have to walk before you can run and I saw any kind of cup run this season as a major distraction to our main goal; survival. 

It will be interesting to see if Birmingham can stay up this season and then cope with a European campaign next year.  I feel we aren’t anywhere near ready for that yet.  Lack of investment in the squad sealed our fate for this season.  Maybe if we spend all of that £35m and more this summer then we will be ready.

* Relegation for Birmingham would be justice especially after seeing Stephen ‘Lazarus’ Carr lifting that trophy!  He wouldn’t have even managed the climb up the Wembley stairs during his time with us!  Martins’ scoring the winner was another kick in the bollocks.  He ran further in that winning goal celebration than he did the whole 90 minutes on that fateful day at Villa Park in his last game for us.  We all know that on 7th May the Birmingham fans will be in full voice at St James Park gloating over their cup success and mocking us with the ‘You’ve never won f**k  all’ chant.  Simply respond with 'what’s it like to see a crowd?’ and hope that in our second last home game we can send them closer to the trap door.

OK Birmingham rant over, I’m off to find another team to pick on next week.

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