Vital Football

Latest Birmingham City News

Clem and Cole are the key

Clem and Cole are the key

After the disappointment of the Easter weekend, Blues fans far and wide heaved a collective sigh of relief at a maximum points haul from the games against Southampton and Leicester.

Two players have between them given the team a cutting edge.

Stephen Clemence is something of a Birmingham stalwart, having been at the club since January 2003. Since then he has been in and out of the team, but has figured heavily this season.

Blues have lost only four of the games he has taken part in this season and one of the best midfield pairings they have produced this year features Clemence and Muamba, who has grown in stature under the mentorship of a senior player.

Although Clemence is mostly a holding midfielder, he doesn't stick solely to this role and does get into the penalty box and score the odd (usually very important) goal.

He is a good leader in this part of the pitch and is vocal, constantly urging on and directing the players around him. With Damien Johnson out until possibly the last game of the season, his contribution could be vital.

For many supporters, Clemence is player of the season, even ahead of goal provider McSheffrey.

Further up the pitch, Andy Cole is proving to be a better signing than many gave him credit for. There was widespread scepticism when his loan deal was announced, particularly when his first steps seemed to be towards the treatment room. Was this to be another Chris Sutton scenario?

As Cole came through 90 minutes unscathed on Tuesday night, (albeit exhausted by the end), the fans have now had a good opportunity to see the skill and guile of the man who is the Premiership's second highest ever scorer.

Bruce ex-Man Utd team-mate has experience in spadefuls. He has lost a smidgin of pace but has more than enough expertise to make up for this. He has spent his time snapping at Bendtner's heels and directing his game, resulting in a couple of excellent performances for the Dane and a sublime goal.

Cole has provided two goals in two games and is obviously itching to get on the scoresheet for himself. His eye for the game is superb and he has lost none of his touch and control. The cohesion he provides to the front row could be the difference that Birmingham have been lacking.

In what could be one of the hottest finishes to the Championship for years, Blues fans are hoping that Clemence and Cole are the missing link to glory.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:
Date:Thursday April 19 2007
Time: 11:43PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Birmingham City Articles

Jonathan Spector: our gratitude to a model professional

Jonathan Spector has been linked with a move to America. Rob Wildey has his say

One To Watch: Jonjo Shelvey

Sask's opinion about the oppositions most dangerous player.

Blues reportedly sign Virtus Entella's Keita

Blues may be closing in on another January signing...

Why Emilio Nsue would be a top signing for Blues

Luke Turner has his say on the possible signing of Nsue...

Archived Vital Birmingham Articles

Vital Birmingham articles from

Site Journalists

Tom Heslop
Editor email
Profile
Christopher Handy
no email
Profile
Saskia Bowes
no email
Profile
Rob Wildey
no email
Profile
Luke Turner
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Would Craig Gardner be a good signing for Blues?
Suggested By: Rob Wildey
Yes - bring him home89%
No - leave him alone11%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 26 18 1 7 55 29
2 Brighton 25 16 6 3 54 23
3 Leeds Utd 26 15 3 8 48 11
4 Reading 25 14 4 7 46 3
5 Huddersfield 26 14 4 8 46 0
6 Sheff Wed 26 13 6 7 45 6
7 Derby County 26 11 7 8 40 5
8 Fulham 25 10 9 6 39 13
9 Preston 26 11 6 9 39 3
10 Barnsley 26 11 5 10 38 4
11 Norwich 26 11 4 11 37 3
12 Birmingham 26 9 9 8 36 -5
13 Aston Villa 26 8 11 7 35 1
14 Ipswich 26 9 7 10 34 -3
15 Brentford 26 9 6 11 33 0
16 Wolves 26 8 8 10 32 -1
17 Q.P.R. 26 9 5 12 32 -11
18 Cardiff 25 8 6 11 30 -10
19 Bristol City 26 8 3 15 27 -3
20 Forest 26 7 6 13 27 -8
21 Burton 26 6 7 13 25 -10
22 Blackburn 26 6 6 14 24 -12
23 Wigan 26 5 7 14 22 -9
24 Rotherham 26 4 4 18 16 -29
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Birmingham City Results (view all)

Birmingham City Fixtures (view all)

Jan 21 2017 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 28 2017 3:00PM : Norwich City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 31 2017 7:45PM : Reading (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 4 2017 3:00PM : Fulham (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 10 2017 7:45PM : Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 14 2017 7:45PM : Preston North End (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.WayCoolBlue48
2.gazal41
3.Brooklyn34
4.David Village31
5.Rob Wildey122
6.WhoRya6
7.BcfcTom4
8.Plynch4
9.LukeTurner4
10.Chrisblues4
Vital Football Comment