Birmingham City vs Southampton  

Southampton are sat 4th in the league with 70 points whereas Blues are sat 20th with 38 points but have a game in hand over the teams around them. The Blues have won five of their last six games against the Saints. Southampton are looking for their first league double over Birmingham since the 1985-86 top flight season.  

First Half:  

Blues start off the electrifying encounter on the right foot as Bacuna plays a fantastic ball out towards Koji Myoshi on the right and then he takes a touch as smashes it into the next after just two minutes. Bacuna gives the Blues supporters another glimmer of hope that they could go 2-0 very early on as he strikes the ball from outside the box hitting the right post.  

Southampton have their first shot of the game coming from David Brooks with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. The game starts to open up with both sides having numerous chances coming from Che Adams and Ethan Laird.  

Koji Myoshi has two chances on goal to give himself a brace with both shots coming from outside the box but neither of them really testing the keeper things look up for the Saints as David Brooks slots Adam Armstrong through on goal who slots it calmly past Ruddy making the game level. There was an enormous sound of rage around the ground as Armstrong looked in an obvious offside position as the ball was played to him, but the ref decided to still give the goal.  

Southampton have a period in the game where they are keeping possession well and causing some trouble for the Blues because in two minutes, they pepper the Birmingham goal with a couple of shots, and they are lucky the game is still 1-1.  

Bacuna has a right footed shot from the centre of the box which is assisted by Lee Buchanan. Five minutes later Jay Stansfield is through on goal charging at the opposition keeper then he rifles it into the roof of the goal putting his side into the lead and putting himself into double digits for goals this season (10).  

The ref gives seven minutes of additional time at the end of the first half. This gives the Saints hope that they can come level before the closure of the first half Ryan manning has a shot blocked from the centre of the box. Then in the last kick of the first half Jordan James has a shot from the centre of the six-yard box but unfortunately for the Welsh man the shot is blocked.  

Half Time: Blues 2-1 Southampton  

Second Half: 

The Blues are sat in the fortunate position of being one to the good as the second half kicks off, they try and keep the pressure on the visitors as just under ten minutes into the half Myoshi and Bacuna once again both have an attempt on goal but they both fall short with the score seeing no change thus far.  

Soon after Southampton try their look at levelling the score as Adam Armstrong’s left footed shot is saved by Ruddy in the Blues goal causing no issues. Then things take a turn for the worse for the Blues fans inside the ground as the Saints level the scoring through David Brooks as the Welsh man hits a left footed shot from outside the six-yard box that nestles into the bottom left corner.  

The game is now all square at St. Andrews@knighthead park Blues need to keep their heads up and not let the game slip away from them. Che Adams has a right footed shot from centre of the box, but it is successfully blocked by the home side.  

Then things go from bad to worse for Blues at B9 as ex player and now Scotland international Che Adams puts the Saints in front as he manages to swiftly get his shot away in the box and places it into the bottom right corner. A few minutes later Dion Sanderson is shown a straight red for violent conduct on a Southampton player so now they are down to ten men for the final half hour of the game.  

Substitutions are brought onto the field almost instantly after the card was issued with Andre Dozzell & Paik Seung –ho making way for Alex Pritchard as he returns from injury and Coady Drameh.  

Jay Stansfield tries for his brace with his shot hitting the left post leaving all the Blues fans in the stands shocked that it didn’t go in, but hope is all but lost as it comes out to Bacuna and he puts it in the bottom left corner making the score 3-3 in this six-goal thriller.  

The game enters the later stages, and everyone is on edge as the away outfit seem to be heavily pushing for all three points on the road. The referee James Bell adds nine minutes of extra time at the end of the game adding more suspense and tension to see who would prevail with all the points from this action-packed match. 

Just as it looked like the game would end as a draw Southampton get a corner in the last moments of the game Aribo is seen to be able to move away from his marker and have a shot from very close range that is put past Ruddy to his right-hand side. The away fans explode into song and celebration as they have just secured the win and will take all points from the Firey fixture.  

My Final Thoughts  

I honestly thought we played superb managing to score three goals with limited possession throughout the game. We still look Shakey at the back at times in my opinion I thought Aiwu looked lost at the back at periods in the game but overall, it was a class performance from the boys, and we were very unfortunate to not at least get a draw from the game.  Let’s hope ww can make the most of our game in hand as most of the team’s arounds us picked up three points at the weekend.  

We move onto Hull away on Tuesday night looking to take away the win as it would massively help our hopes of surviving the relegation fight, we currently see ourselves in but with the Tigers sat in the play offs it’s not going to be an easy game.  


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