Often Partisan


Blues go into their game with Nottingham Forest tomorrow on the back of a four match unbeaten run, having conceded only one goal and picking up eight points from a possible twelve – all of which have given rise to hope the club can push much further up the table. Is this sustainable or is the bubble going to go pop?

Logic dictates that no matter how good Gary Rowett has been for the club, Blues will lose sooner or later. What interests me is how Rowett reacts to adversity; we’ve seen how positive he can be for us and I think where he really could prove to be better than Clark is coming back from a defeat or two without losing his tactical ideals or control of his emotions.

It’s also important that as fans we don’t turn the minute the tide seems to be against us again. The last four games have given us hope for the season that we won’t have to worry about relegation; that even with the squad we have there is enough for us to stay out of trouble when before it looked like we were doomed for certain. Having seen the Rotherham fans online talk about how much the away fans backed Blues last weekend it made me proud once again – I know at times the home atmosphere has not been great but the hardcore support who go to the away games have always solidly backed the team. How we react to adversity is important too – as much as generating all the noise we did at Wembley was awesome I’m prouder that Blues fans gave the extra impetus the team needed up at the Reebok in May even when we were 0-2 down and I reckon that as much as anything helped us stay up.

I’m not a big believer in this “new manager bounce” thing people talk about. While I do think in our case a new broom has swept clean and has helped to change things for the better I think it’s derogatory to Rowett to imply that this will fade as the novelty wears off. As such as much as I know defeats and poor performances will be inevitable I don’t think that necessarily means that “the bubble” will burst – I think that if we can maintain the spirit that has redeveloped among fans which has on a personal perspective made it enjoyable to go to the football again then we can enjoy this “bubble” for a while.

One bubble that I cannot believe has not popped is BIH. I know I talk about them a lot but they do defy logic; despite having seen shareholdings massively diluted due to conversions shares have gone up in price consistently all week (even with fairly hefty sums traded like the half billion or so today) and somehow BIH has gone from having a stock market capitalisation of around £20million a few weeks ago to nearly triple that (approx £58.8m) today. That would kill the “hostile takeover” theory that I know a few have kicked around for a while – and also would maybe give a stronger indication of why that stock listing is so important.

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32 Responses to “Bubbles”

  • RichardM says:

    1-1 I think tomorrow, we remain hard to beat but still need to score more goals to pull us clear

  • Dino Tiltoni says:

    i’m intrigued to know why BIH stock should go up like that . Is this the Clark Rowett, transition, sale speculation or what?

  • RichardM says:

    and by the Universal law of Ex-Blues players returning to St Andrews Chris Burke to score for Forest!

  • Lee says:

    I know of a few lads going tomorrow with tickets bought from the grass roots initiative, I think blues deserve a lot of credit for this, plus there’s a few more lads going tomorrow that perhaps wouldn’t have been so hopefully the support can only get better. As for rowett, that guy is on his way up

  • Richard Granfield says:

    Rowett’s assets include getting the maximum from ordinary players. The prime beneficeries of this are Shinnie, who was regularly played out of position under Clark, and Gleeson, who now knows exactly what his role is.
    He also has a way and formation he and the players believe in. If you believe what you are doing is right it is far easier to overcome a poor result without changing everything that Clark was prone to do.

  • Dave mann says:

    As Richard says there’s every chance that chris Burke scores tomorrow but if its in a 2-1 or 3-1 win for us I won’t be to bothered that much…..as for Trevor francis day I hope it puts a couple of thousand on the crowd and we knock up a 20,000 crowd which would be our biggest for a while so let’s see a good support and a great win and then I can have a brilliant Saturday and Sunday….come on you blue boys lets put out the forest fire. Lol&kro

  • mark says:

    the heads to heads are very close who knows

  • mark says:

    Assombalonga and Fryatt both had good game at the wolves they are equally looking to have back to back away wins….

    • mark says:

      blues defense will need to stay firm, can morrison keep these two quiet?

      the match is to believe to be on sky but hope many turn their back on this, and support the lads, know doubt forest will bring a large contingent. If a remember rightly zig had a mare in this fixture, and was. subbed, and missed a sitter with his head from a chris burke beautifully floated cross.

  • Dave mann says:

    No, and no it’s not live! Lol&kro

  • Strettonbluenose says:

    Although the principle that “you can’t show where your money has come from, so it’s from money laundering” seems dodgy to me, it’s also unlikely that the Hong Kong law enforcement agency randomly picked Carson off the street to face trial for money laundering. And as anyone who’s watched “breaking bad” will know, once you step outside of the law, you enter a world full of murky charachters and there’s no going back. So I suspect the share price of BIH is to do with Carson’s associates and we’ll never know the truth.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    I don’t think it’s a case of how Rowett reacts to adversity… but more how the players do. That will be the real test. Rowett has no doubt been on the end of defeats before and come through them ok… but it seems the confidence of this squad is a little fragile, as witnessed in the first dozen or so games. The acid test is how the players come back from a defeat or two that will be interesting.

    As for tomorrow, I’m going 2-1 Blues. Forest are a decent side, but nowhere near unbeatable… as, lately, Brentford, Cardiff, Huddersfield and Blackburn will attest.

  • Dave mann says:

    But a 3-0 win at wolves was a great result for them last Saturday so it’s our biggest test yet but I think we can win it 2-1or 3-1 like I predicted earlier but beating a team who have just come of a great away win will be more difficult , but then we’ve just had a very good away win at Rotherham which should have been at least 3-0 to us so it should be a cracking game.lol&kro

    • StaffsBlue says:

      There are matches where you think, we’ll be lucky to get anything out of it… I don’t feel that way about this game. I’d be disappointed if we lost it.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        I would hope that Grounds will keep Burke in his pocket tomorrow… but just in case he does decide to play well, I’d have Novak on the left for that extra cover. No one will know Burkie’s game better than him. I’d bring Gray on for the last 15-20 minutes to run at Forest. Other than that, if Morrison stays all over Assombalonga like a rash, we should be ok.

    • Lee says:

      Our biggest test yet? We beat Watford and took a point off Cardiff, both as good if not better sides

  • RednalBlue says:

    Just announced on WM radio that Zigic has agreed a deal til the end of the season subject to him getting a work permit. Excellent news.
    KRO. SOTV.

  • Dave mann says:

    Nicola zigic is back till end of season contact ….confirmed by me !!!!!…..won’t blog now cuz ime getting pissed!!!lol&kro

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Still no guarantee until a work permit is issued. He definitely doesn’t meet the criteria set by the FA, which would rule it out, but Blues are preparing an appeal. For me, having played here the last 4 years should be enough, but what do I know?

  • Lee says:

    Ah well, giraffe doesn’t meet the criteria, still you can take hope from Willian getting one at Chelsea, as they stated, if he came from any other country he would get in their national side as the standard in Brazil is do high, unfortunately the giraffe doesn’t meet that or any other criteria neither, Infact if blues get the pile of shite a permit then rowett deserves a key to the city and a gold statue outside the main stand, great news ain’t it, how’s it go? Lol and kro? Ha ha ha haaaa, hopefully he’ll tear that hamstring and save all the hassle

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I’m not Zigic’s greatest fan and, personally, don’t care if he signs or not. But if it’s good for the club, fair enough. As for “rowett deserves a key to the city and a gold statue outside the main stand,” somehow, I don’t think he has much to do with the process.. it will all be handled by lawyers and admin people I would guess.

  • Dave mann says:

    It’s great news lee and ime very pleased you feel the same way…enjoy the game today if your going if not enjoy your day at the zoo and give my regards to zigic if you see him there.lol&kro

  • Dave mann says:

    Ha ha ha xxxxxx

  • Chris W says:

    Yesterday saw us face probably our biggest test so far, but more importantly it saw the return of smiling faces, renewed optimism along with some noise and atmosphere inside St Andrews.
    Yes it is inevitable we are going to lose and I for one don’t mind losing providing the team put up a fight, too many times this season we threw the towel in when we conceded, yesterday they came out fighting again. The crowd got behind them and have begun to find their voices.
    As for Hong Kong, the merry-go-round just carries on regardless what happens, hopefully come the BIHL AGM things will be a little clearer, but I wont hold my breath.

  • Wingman Blue says:

    Bubbles? I don’t think so either. Gary Rowett is a leader of men. LC was a leader of donkeys. Blackpool must be the ideal place for him.

    What’s even more important, the players now believe in The Team.

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