No goals but plenty of talking points after Saturday’s game at St. Andrew’s, though one subject dominated for Birmingham fans.
The weekend saw Newcastle United walk into an ongoing mess at Birmingham City, with Gianfranco Zola’s future at the centre of everything.
The bizarre sacking of Gary Rowett when Birmingham were seventh (level on points with sixth) in December, has been followed by only two wins in 18 games, which became two in 19 on Saturday, so little wonder that all thoughts on the Newcastle match lead back to the position of their manager – and whether it was a positive, a negative, or an indifferent point against the league leaders.
As for Newcastle United and the actual action, Birmingham fans seemed generally unimpressed with the visitors and think that a bit much was made of one brilliant save by Kuszczak in the home goal.
Whether it proves a good point for both/either team will only become clear at the end of the season.
Comments from Birmingham fans via their various message boards:
‘Newcastle are a big club with great support but having watched Blues for over 50 years I can honestly say there is not any team in this division this season that are a class above the average.
They are alright but they are far from great.’
‘I was shocked he (Kuszczak) won MOTM.
He made that one excellent save, but other than that, a couple of routine stops and we pretty much restricted Newcastle to long rang pot shots and scuffed crosses.
They were pretty blunt.’
‘Not overly impressed with Newcastle and remember wondering how Reading were so high when we played them.
Newcastle (and anybody else who is promoted) will need to spend a fortune to have any chance of surviving.’
‘Coming up against Newcastle at home in a game where three points were vital, was fairly scary. In all fairness.’
‘In fairness, I don’t actually think that ref was too bad.
Did you not see the geordie ‘goal’ that was ruled out for, er ,erm..???’
‘When your keeper gets man of the match it says it all I guess.
It’s the point that gives the owners an excuse to keep Zola on till the end of the season.
It’s the lack of goals at Home that is the biggest disappointment for me…especially seeing as GZ is supposedly getting us playing a more attacking style.’
‘A point is better than no points but one shot on target all match and goalkeeper man of the match tells you much .
And we still have the second worse goal difference in the Championship .
I still think the relegation battle will go to the wire .’
‘It’s a point nobody expected. The referee was a disgrace I don’t think he gave us more than 4 decisions all game.’
‘I thought we played well tbf. There was only one team in it and looked line scoring first half. Their keeper made a blinding save from Nsue and we should of gone in one up imo.
Second half they looked better but we battled staunchly.’
‘For those not in attendance today, do not make the mistake of thinking that because Tommo was MoM we were under constant pressure.
It was a disciplined team performance,(something that all on here have been calling on Zola to deliver for some time)and a thoroughly deserved point.’
‘Great point, no bedsheets half decent atmosphere.’
‘Gary Rowlett was replaced because the owners wanted a more expansive game of football to be played.
Obviously JFZ cannot provide this. So what do we get from someone who hasn’t a clue! Playing defensively at home?
We have a mediocre goalkeeper having a blinder to keep us in the game!’
‘I’ve just come from the game and i will tell you what i saw with my own eyes.
At one point in the second half, a solitary Blues player broke away and not one single player supported him and they all stayed in their own half.
I also saw a manager that spent the entire 90 minutes with his arms folded because he doesn’t have a clue.’
‘Despite everyone’s opinions, a point against Newcastle has to be seen as a decent result for the blues.’
‘Cannot believe Zola is still there, needs to go now as he is taking us down 2 wins in 20 is pathetic and at any other club he would be gone.’
‘We played well – Shotton. and Bliik are the future but we had one shot on target as the home team , it seemed to me that newcastle were more than happy with a point yet kuszczak was in great form and was voted man of the match.
Zola side was set to be defensive with one man up front – the last two game hes played that way , going back to the way G.R USED TO SET UP HIS TEAM.
Newcastle had the bset chances – it was on us to attack and we still dropped a place.
Still want him out, thank goodness for shotton and kuszczak please dont say we are safe. WE ARE MOST CERTAINLY ARE NOT YET.’
‘To suggest Newcastle just tickled the throttle and were happy with a point is nonsense, that’s why they brought on Gayle and Shelvey, no they wanted the three points.
But a solid determined performance gave us what we deserved, so well done lads.
In defence of GFZ, had we have tried to play Newcastle at there own game we’d have possibly got nothing, just like Brighton did. If the opposition and tactics allow us to we have the option of introducing a bit of flair in the coming weeks.’