We look to Newcastle to go all out for the win at St. Andrews on Monday night, but we are having our doubts if we can win, unless we can produce some of our best away form of the season.
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Bob Moncur seems to be a little wary of that game too, mainly because of the lack of guts and spirit currently in our squad. It is also an away game, where our players have gone missing in action far too regularly this season.
Bob Moncur talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today about the general relegation battle we are in. This is what the former Newcastle United captain had to say about the vital game on Monday night:
“Birmingham are fighting for their lives and they are really showing a lot of fire.”
“In contrast, it is a long time since Iâ€™ve seen United fighting for their lives especially in some away games.”
“Newcastle havenâ€™t shown any real fire but they have shown a little bit of fear and thatâ€™s what worries me.”
“Birmingham have a good attitude and they have been there before in a scrap.”
“So come Tuesday morning, if Newcastle have picked up a point at St Andrews I will be happy.”
So Bob will be happy with a point, which at least will prevent Birmingham gaining on us. We’d be satisfied with anything but a defeat, because a defeat will put Birmingham above us by one point and their goal difference is +14 goals better than ours.Â That is staggering, but that’s what happens when you give up in games and the other team bangs in one goal after another.Â Â Â Â 🙁
A defeat will certainly put extra pressure on the team to produce against 2nd bottom placed Fuham the following Saturday, at St. James’ Park.
But Alex McLeish did wonders when he was manager of Scotland, and he had that team playing out of their skins against Italy in two memorable performances.
Unfortunately for us there are definite signs that he’s starting to have a similar impact at St. Andrews. And Alex himself was a lion-hearted defender, who was capped 77 times by Scotland. It could well be that his personality is starting to rub off on the Birmingham players, just like it did on the Scottish players.
If it gets down to who wants to win the most, we have some doubts about our lot, if we were brutally honest, our players that is.