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Thankful for small mercies

Filed: Sunday, 19th December 2010
By: Paul Walker

Those 2,000 hardy souls who did get to Blackburn at least saw spirit, effort and a point from a game few expected to survive the shocking weather.

We must be thankful for small mercies, but if this was one step forward there is no point in turning in a decent performance and then failing to build on it in the next few crucial games.

Avram Grant rightly saw fit to thank the travelling support, who it must not be forgotten are the fans who never see us win a league game this days as a reward for legging it all over the country.

Itís a shame that the club didnít think of the away support when they put Carling Cup semi-final, second leg, tickets on sale on Saturday morning.

Most of us were stuck in snow, struggling with cars, coach and rail trips and clearly unable to keep ringing the ticket office to sit in a queue for tickets.

These are the fans who deserve to be at Birmingham to see us get to Wembley. Mobile phones tend not to work properly on trains, motorways and while you are driving.

Why couldnít the club put those tickets on sale on Monday morning so everyone who travelled to Blackburn could have the chance of at least trying to get one?

But 3,800 tickets were sold during the day, something I only discovered when Iíd battled back from Blackburn.

But just for a change, the day had been rewarding. We deserved to win, had more chances and worked for the shirt. Players like the much maligned Boa Morte, worked his socks off.

He gets plenty of stick, sometimes rightly, for poor pass selection and losing possession, but he could not be faulted in the cold and snow of Ewood Park.

Tomkins is growing with every game, while Parker once again ran himself to exhaustion. And Carlton Cole was actually seen smiling following the snowball fight with Paul Robinson.

The side looked better balanced when he and Stanislas came on and nobody shirked their duties. It is , though, just one step in the right direction.

We need to do it all over again at Fulham, and get results against Everton and Wolves. In any other season we would be hopelessly adrift by now, but the nature of the Premier League this season is that there is still hope.

Wembley, even, could be around the corner. Shame me and my mates on the frozen steppes on Ewood Park are unlikely to be at Birmingham to see it happen.

Please note that the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, nor should be attributed to, KUMB.com.

Your Comments

by Dagenite
02:13PM 20th Dec 2010
''The tickets for the Birmingham away Cup match were already sold out before 9am on Saturday morning because the people with Cup priority (who paid for it at the start of the season) put their applications in (through the post I think it said) so they got their seats through that and before any of season ticket holder and/or regular away traveller.

I'm disappointed as much as you.''

by essexhammer
07:15PM 19th Dec 2010
''It was a good point that should have been turned into three points!

As for the Birmingham tickets going on sale at 9am on a Saturday, what a great idea - I can't get to a computer at 9am Monday to Friday as I am working! Long may it continue that every fan gets an equal chance to get a ticket?''

by Stuart (BRFC)
06:48PM 19th Dec 2010
''2,000 travelling fans? I think it was nearer 200 and if that was a decent performance I would not like to have seen your previous away games.

That was the worst Rovers performance of the season yet you only managed two shots on target. Generally your performance was very negative and you will have to improve dramatically to have any chance of staying up.''

by ulsterhammer
05:51PM 19th Dec 2010
''Well I disagree - I wouldn't call what I seen as a miracle - they played like a team that couldn't finish in the final third of the field and a team that were under pressure.

The tactics of the manager have to come into question. And the players he got in the summer? Theyr'e just not good enough.''

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