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Immediate Reaction: Bolton Wanderers v Birmingham City

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They only needed one goal...

Paul Thomas

You know those days where absolutely nothing seems to go your way?

It seemed like today could have been that day for Birmingham City. With the same lineup as last week, give or take a couple of changes, I honestly thought that Dougie Freedman's plan was to make it easy for Birmingham to win and get what they needed.

The first half might have seemed to be going that way, with neither team really being able to do much; Birmingham City were missing that finishing spark and Bolton was giving it away too often. That was hardly the case in the second half, especially in the last 20 minutes. After a Chung-Yong Lee goal gave Bolton the 1-0 lead, Birmingham seemed to be done for. Lukas Jutkiewicz made it 2-0 for the Whites, sealing the deal until Nikola Žigić brought Birmingham back within the game. Freedman made all the right defensive substitutions but a mad scramble in the final moments saw a Paul Caddis header keeping Birmingham in the Championship for one more year.

We had a pretty "ehhh" season overall, but there's some times, like in today's match, where you can see the spark; the defense is solid, the offense is tearing into the opposition, the midfield is holding its ground and everything just comes together so effortlessly.

There's nothing we can do about this season, hate on everything and anything all you want, but it's over. Now it's time to look forward and know that we can take this and improve and only go up from here. If the good moments of this season are what I have to look forward to for next season, then I honestly can't wait.