Sunday, May 4, 2014

The great escape

I'm not sure how they managed it, but Birmingham stayed in the second division (a.k.a. the Championship) thanks to an equaliser from defender Paul Caddis deep into injury time. It doesn't get more dramatic than that. They came from two down (and almost certainly out, you'd have thought) to draw 2-2 at Bolton, having dominated the game in large parts. Leicester, who won the league with a ridiculous points tally, beat Doncaster 1-0 with a dodgy penalty, meaning both Blues and Doncaster finished on 44 points. Normally you have no business staying up on that kind of total (last season Peterborough went down with 54 points; Wolves did likewise with 51) but somebody had to survive, and it was Blues who had the better goal difference. From looking at the stats and reading some recent match reports in which Blues sounded like a complete shambles, it's a miracle they stayed up. But miracles do happen. Let's hope they can capitalise on their good fortune, or at least consolidate. A change of manager mightn't be a bad idea.

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