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Nicole Carroll: A one woman mission to make a name in football

Final game feeling

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As written for Mirror Football

So, we’re unbeaten at home since September, are in line to finish 9th in the league…and the only bad thing I can say is that its all going to end on Sunday!

Last weeks win against Burnley was just the tonic to lift the fans at the end of a wobbly patch where we’ve looked tired and have failed to get the results. The home scoring debut of Chucho was much welcomed, and the atmosphere at St. Andrews was nothing short of a party.

The lap of honour was truly appreciated by the fans, who stayed behind literally in their thousands. It felt only right that we should congratulate a side who have given there all this season, and produced a fantastic unbeaten run, an enviable home record and a FA Cup quarter final.

It’s not all over however, and we need to see off the season with style at Bolton. They haven’t had the best run of form at the end of this season, with four losses from their last six matches. However, like us, they’ll be looking to give the fans a good send off from the Reebok, and look to end the season with a positive.

The team selection should ideally stay the same as what we had against Burnley, with Chucho upfront with Cameron Jerome. Perhaps now that he has broken his home duck, he can now go onto score in consecutive matches. He is a little firecracker upfront, and his movement is very good. He’s exciting and he does make things happen, and lets hope he can bag another to potentially convince McLeish to negotiate a deal for the player.

With 4700 Bluenoses travelling to Bolton, many in fancy dress, it should be a great atmosphere and a good send off for the team. We’ll regrettably be saying goodbye to Joe Hart, who we’d kidnap if we could, who will be going back to Manchester City. It could also potentially be the last time we see Chucho in a Birmingham shirt, so need to send him away with fantastic memories of the Brummie faithful.

A win at the weekend would most likely see us seal 9th, and keep the positive momentum moving into the close season. Its expected that many new faces should be joining the club in the summer, and the memories of what those in the squad did this season will most likely fade fast. Although the idea of further development of the squad being tantalising, with the progress and success we’ve had this season, did we really ever want it to end?

Prediction: Blues 2, Bolton 1

As a side note, I’d like to thank everyone who has said kind words about my blog, and given feedback or been involved in debate. I’ve had some fantastic opportunities off writing this piece this season, and it’s given me a greater insight into my own club. Bring on next season!


Written by Nicole Carroll

May 6, 2010 at 12:01 pm

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  1. Stephen Carr will no doubt be back in for the injured Parnaby. I imagine any Roger J ban would start after the season ends, but I’m not with the FA. Other than that, I would fully support your call for an identical lineup to last week. Vignal was solid enough to remain. As for the bench, I’d imagine the sub who comes on last – a la Carsley – will be saying goodbye to Birmingham City. Phillips, perhaps?


    Bolton 0 Birmingham 3 🙂

    Russell Dempsey

    May 6, 2010 at 12:55 pm

  2. good season for the Brum. Should push on next season providing McLeish gets the funds to strenghten the squad. all the best for the last game against bolton. oh


    May 6, 2010 at 2:22 pm

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