Often Partisan

Mediocrity and Boredom

A late goal denied Blues all three points on Tuesday as Gary Rowett’s men continued their unbeaten start to the league season. David Davis’ first half finish after Clayton Donaldson had his penalty save was cancelled out late on as one again Craig Davies scored past the team he supported as a youngster. With Blues on five points after three games, have people like me been overly harsh on the team?

When the team news was posted on twitter for the Leeds game, I’m going to admit I wasn’t impressed and said so on social media. However, Rowett justified his selection picking up all three points and as such moaners like me had to put a sock in it. I wasn’t surprised to see the same team picked for Wigan (never change a winning team) and I think Rowett maybe justified why he doesn’t always throw on attacking players when leading after Blues conceded late on to drop two points.

I have to admit that right now, I am a bit bored with Blues. I think my friend Matt summed up why brilliantly in his piece on smallheathalliance (which if you haven’t read you must read now) and it gave me cause to think about how I feel about the club right now. Like Matt says, Blues never really have done mediocrity – it’s always been a rollercoaster of emotions, the dogfight of relegation or the scraps to be top of the pile to be promoted. The last few seasons though have seen Blues safely ensconced in midtable and with nothing to play for at the end of the season it all seems a bit pointless.

This season for example – it seems obvious to me already that we’re good enough to not worry too much about going down; unfortunately I don’t think we’ve got the money to compete with those looking up either, leaving us in this purgatory of midtable Championship while we wait for the longest takeover saga known to man to final rumble over the finishing line.

I agree with Matt that right now a bit of consolidation is actually doing the club some good. It might be controversial but as much as some fans might want a sugar daddy takeover like what appears to be happening at Wolves, I don’t. I like the idea of proper organic growth, of making the club strong from within and then not having to worry about what happens when the owner gets bored of his plaything.

I guess what it boils down to is that for a while at least we have to suck it up in the stands. As much as I want to see pace and creativity in the team, hard work and tenacity is what we need right now; while it would be nice to see us score a hatful of goals it’s important we don’t concede loads either. The hope for me is that we see the emergence of the next young superstar (come on down Reece Brown) and that is what gets the pulses racing once again at St Andrews because you can’t beat a bit of hype to down out the mediocrity.

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