It wasn’t pretty, but…

As Blues beat Rotherham Andy Munro can start to breathe again.

A fixture headlined Rotherham v Birmingham is hardly likely to stir the cockles of the type of fans that inhabit Manchester and Liverpool but for Brummie bluenoses this was a do or die game.

Blues are hardly a team of midgets (Ivan Sunjic excepted of course) but the Millers looked windmill-sized in comparison and it was obvious there would be a footballing bombardment that would warrant a supply of tin hats. In anticipation Blues played three centre-halves at the back, which in the final analysis worked, and two wingbacks to provide crosses, which probably didn’t to any degree.

Roberts was at his dominant best with captain Harlee Dean providing great support and, of course, the winning goal. Surely the latter couldn’t have been the same defender who some of us dubbed ‘Calamity Dean’ when playing for Karanka!? As a 4-4-2 man myself, I still think room should be found for a winger of Ivan Sanchez’ ability but I can’t knock Lee Bowyer for his omission given our outstanding results. In fairness, Steve Seddon in particular did well out wide without neglecting his defensive duties.

In midfield Sunjic and Gary Gardner kept things ticking over and, in fact, the latter would have been my choice for man of the match. In front of them, Riley McGree like most youngsters finds it hard to turn in consecutive good performances, which made it hard for the front two. The Juke worked like a Trojan but with little impact whilst Jonathan Leko blew hot and cold at times, running tirelessly but with an inconsistent end product.

One further win and I can dust down my pipe and slippers and hopefully enjoy a couple of games without the usual spectre of relegation hovering above Birmingham City during the final run-in.