Co-Chairman Mike Garlick's Programme notes for Birmingham CityGood evening everyone and welcome back for tonight’s game, following the breathtaking events of the weekend.
For nine minutes on Saturday, I was at the top of the world - or the top of the Championship, at least!
For nine minutes we were at our highest position in the football league for 12 years and Mrs Garlick had put the champagne on ice.
But again sadly, frustratingly, agonisingly, it remains uncorked for another year!
We can though, take great heart in a third successive draw against our fiercest local rivals.
Yet again the old enemy found (by fluke, rather than design) a way back into the game and that 34 years of hurt will now become 35 before we meet again at Ewood Park next March.
But one thinking for sure, we are getting closer to that victory.
In reality, we probably started Saturday’s match as favourites in most people’s eyes, although I have to confess, when the final whistle went it felt like a loss.
I feel I must also mention the fans’ support on the day, which was simply fantastic.
If we can take just a tiny portion of that passion and energy forward for the next few matches then that should take us a long way.
Pre-match on Saturday was a nervous period for me and I must say it felt more like a play-off final, though in reality when you strip out the pride and bragging rights, three points against Birmingham City tonight is worth exactly the same as three against Blackburn Rovers (well ,maybe not quite!).
The reality is that during any season it’s the wins we get on a dark, drizzly Tuesday night that possibly count even more towards our end of season finish .
I’d like to extend a warm welcome to everyone from St Andrews tonight. Our track record against tonight’s opponents has been fairly mixed of recent seasons, and although they are still searching for
consistency, they certainly possess players of considerable skill and talent who can hurt us, so we must again be at our very best to come out on top.
But there is plenty to be optimistic about at the moment at Turf Moor and we feel we are a match for anyone.
It’s now just one defeat in 11 league and cup games, so let’s get behind the boys and keep that good run going.
Up the Clarets!