It may just be a pre-season friendly but it’s enough to get the mouth-watering at the thought of the season beginning very soon.
And so over half of the 793 at the first of Birmingham City’s friendlies had turned up to support the boys in blue. In the heat of the sun on a Derbyshire Saturday, Birmingham conceded early but got back level before going on to win 3-1 against Alfreton Town.
Chris Burke put in an impressive display with the level of performance that Blues fans will be hoping can be replicated after good form very much eluded him last season. After the first match, a tour of Ireland followed with a game against Shamrock Rovers and training match against MK Dons.
The game against Rovers was a comfortable 4-0 victory with four different scorers but what really stole the show was the introduction of Colin Doyle, who usually plays Goalkeeper, up front.
And he almost got his name on the score sheet with a free kick but it wasn’t to be and his set piece was saved. He was bought on for Matt Green who had been knocked unconscious but fortunately the former Mansfield striker wasn’t seriously hurt.
The training match was exactly as was expected for a fatigued Blues side and with no importance on the game the Dons won 3-1. Back home from Ireland, the Blues faced Swindon on the evening of the 16th; a day after The Robins had played out a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.
Against a tired Swindon side, Birmingham dominated and won 3-0 with goals from Lee Novak either side of half-time and a drilled effort from Andrew Shinnie on his birthday. Novak was denied a hat-trick by a point-blank save where he should have beaten the keeper.
Darren Randolph in the other goal produced a number of great saves to keep a clean sheet. After 3 wins out of 3, the 100% pre-season record wasn’t to be and after going behind against Oxford United, trialist Adam McGurk got Blues level. With the season fast approaching, Blues have looked good value for the there wins.
And with a number of younger players looking like they could be good prospects for the season to come, as well as a few of the other players that Lee Clark has brought in, it looks like it could be an exciting campaign.
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