Birmingham needed at least one point in their final game of the season at Bolton yesterday, to survive in the Championship since Doncaster Rovers were one point better off but with a much worse goal difference.
Lee Clark – after Birmingham miraculously survived yesterday
And certainly things didn’t look too good and with 12 minutes to play when Birmingham were 2-0 down with 12 minutes to play, but then they scored through Nikola Vigic to make it 2-1.
But it still looked like a defeat deep into stoppage time, but then amazingly – miraculously Birmingham got a headed goal from Paul Caddis in the 94th minute to draw the game 2-2, and with Doncaster losing by a single goal at Champions Leicester City – managed by former Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson – Birmingham had survived.
This is what the former Newcastle player and coach said after the game:
“The emotions – just madness, absolute madness. Mayhem, trying to get the players into some resemblance of some shape. We had been informed Leicester were winning so we knew a point was enough.”
‘It was staring down the barrel at 2-0 and the players were brilliant. It was one of our most accomplished performances of the season. We just found some spirit. It was important we got one back as quickly as we did.”
“I’m just immensely proud of the players because we’ve got such a young group. They’ll now flourish because of this experience. The seniors have been outstanding, helping those youngsters.”
“The supporters have taken the word support to a new level. They’re real characters, and people who support when things aren’t going so well. My celebration was in to them to thank them and I wish I could have run that quick when I was playing.”
“It’s the most satisfying moment; keeping this club in the Championship is the biggest achievement I’ve done in football as a player, coach or manager because of the scenario around the club.”
“And the parameters I’ve had to work with,’ ‘We need to use this as motivation and never let this happen again.
It’s been a tough season for Birmingham, with owner Carson Yeung jailed for six years in early March by a Hong Kong court for money laundering, and they’ve also had to sell some of their players.
Great for Birmingham fans, but so unlucky for Doncaster Rovers.
Here’s the scenes when they were all told Doncaster had lost 1-0 at Leicester City.