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Birmingham City
August 23, 2009
Posted by Arun Verma on 08/23/2009

For Alex McLeish's Birmingham City, it's been an enthralling first week back in the Premier League, to say the very least. For the fans, it's been a week of pain, fear, and frustration mixed with just a bit of relief in the shape of a James McFadden penalty.

The week started with a daunting trip to Old Trafford, to face the best team in the land. However, fans were filled with belief that this season could turn out to be a successful one, after a resolute performance against the very best.

Yes, United were not at their best, but Blues made them play badly. Blues hurried and hastled the United stars, and they were unlucky not to score one or two. One shot cleared off the line, and one world class save to deny Christian Benitez. Not bad for relegation fodder.

Arun Verma Arun Verma - I'm a student, and a massive Birmingham City fan. Football has played a massive part in my life since I was just a child, and the World Cup in '98 turned me into a footballaholic; my very first love was the beautiful game. My aim for the future is to become a sports journalist and in little over a year, I can say that I feel extremely privileged to have received the opportunities that have come my way. Apart from ESPN Soccernet, I also write for the official Birmingham City Football Club Matchday Magazine, Made in Brum, which is an unofficial Blues magazine, and (using the tagname akvbcfc). If you would like to contact me about anything I have written about, feel free to email me at

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