Bottom three for Blues
Birmingham City’s 2-1 defeat at fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic left the sides occupying the EPL’s bottom two places, as they continue to distance themselves from their Carling Cup heroics with a series of poor displays.
Manager Alex McLeish admitted the display was “as poor as I’ve seen,” but was mystified by referee Jeff Probert’s refusal to award his side a penalty for Latics defender Antonio Alcaraz’s challenge on defender Curtis Davies.
He said: “Alcaraz hasn’t looked at the ball, he’s just barged Curtis out of the way. I’ve not seen anyone yet who does not think it was a penalty.”
Blues also missed out on a second Wembley appearance when they lost 3-2 at home to Bolton in the FA Cup quarter-final, despite a wonder goal from veteran striker Kevin Phillips.
And the club face an FA hearing on Monday next, March 28th, having accepted an FA charge of failing to prevent fans invading the pitch after their highly-charged Carling Cup quarter-final replay against bitter city rivals Aston Villa last December.
In a statement on the crowd scenes which disfigured Blues’ Carling Cup triumph over Villa – fans taunted Villa followers and threw missiles of varying forms into the away end after the match – the club spoke of “identifying those responsible for threatening to tarnish the reputation of the club and Birmingham City.”
The statement went on: “Acting Chairman Peter Pannu…reminds all fans that such incidents should not occur again and is confident we have all learned a lesson from it.”
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