AFCB v Birmingham
Written by billythekid
The fourth defeat in a row and another under-par performance against Sheffield Wednesday at home has cost Jason Tindall his job. It must have felt like a ton weight on Jason’s head when Wednesday popped up with a last-minute winner to seal all three points. AFCB have another home game at Dean Court this Saturday, this time our visitors are Birmingham City. Jonathan Woodgate will be in charge of the team for this game.
Birmingham themselves are not having a good run of results since we last played them on their ground and won there 1-3, with goals from Danjuma and a brace from Brooks. Their away record has been better than at home. Away from home, they have beaten Bristol City 0-1, Reading 1-2 and Middlesbrough 0-1. Drawn with Coventry City 0-0, Luton Town 1-1, Nottingham Forest 0-0 and in their last game against Wycombe Wanderers also ended as a goalless draw. They have lost against Cardiff City 3-2. Their home record since our last game at St. Andrew’s being W 0, D 2, L 6.
Our previous game against them was at home in April 2015 when the Cherries won 4-2. After going two goals down in the first half, goals from Steve Cook in the 39th minute and Callum Wilson in injury time, saw the teams going into half-time 2-2. In the second half the Cherries added two more goals from Yann Kermorgant from the penalty spot in the 48th minute and Charlie Daniels made the three points safe with a goal in the 74th minute and three minutes later Robinson received a red card for Birmingham City.
Our results in the league at home against Birmingham City, W 4, D 0, L 3.
In all competitions, AFCB have W 12, D 4. L 3.
AFCB Team News
Dominic Solanke was injured early in the game but seemed to recover, but was substituted at the interval. Not sure if that was from earlier injury or tactical. No other injuries reported.
AFCB Player To Watch
Think we may see Ben Pearson and Shane Long get a start to inject new blood into a lifeless team over the last few games.
Birmingham City Team News
They signed striker Sam Cosgrove from Aberdeen in the January transfer window. Yan Valery joins on loan from Southampton. Marc Roberts received a red card against Wycombe Wanderers and will miss our game.
Birmingham Player To Watch
Jeremiah Bela in midfield did well against Coventry City and Wycombe Wanderers in their last two games. Joint leading scorer with three goals and leads with four assists.
I’d sit Kelly down and tell him, after the last match, you’re our Left Back for the next 10 games. Build on what you showed last time out. More and better. Then he can focus on that rather than swapping position every game and never quite looking comfortable in any of them.
I still don’t understand what Cameron Carter-Vickers did wrong to get pulled off in a game at half time when I thought he was looking decent and be out of the team since. Based on that, I’d give the Steve Cook and CCV partnership a go.
If it all goes mammaries skyward you can always have another chat with Kelly and say it isn’t really working so let’s make Centre Back your position.
Right now though we’re so desperate for a Left Back that can do that job I wish we’d make a commitment to one player so they can feel a modicum of security that they won’t get dropped after a mistake. – Join the conversation, click here.