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It is unusual for a team to win a major trophy and get relegated in the same season, but in Birmingham’s case, it is hard to argue against the former causing the latter over the course of the season.
The results since the Carling Cup win in late-February show exactly why Birmingham will be in the Championship next season.
They have won just two games since, and failed to beat any of the three teams who stayed up on the final day when they were given the opportunity to do so towards the end of the season, which could well have edged the side to safety.
Furthermore, their defence never looked the same since the Carling Cup final, keeping just one clean sheet, due in part to injuries to key players such as Scott Dann in an area of the field that contributed greatly to their success of 2009-10, when they finished ninth.
As well as this, many of the strikers brought in to improve the attack, the one area where Birmingham had serious problems last season, didn’t meet the expected standards.
The likes of Obafemi Martins and Matt Derbyshire haven’t had a significant impact, while Cameron Jerome and Kevin Phillips haven’t performed to the standards they set last season, which has meant that the killer instinct needed to survive in the Premier League has been lacking.
The best striker at Birmingham this season was Nicola Zigic, and even he failed to really meet expectations, despite some good performances towards the middle of the season.
The events late on Sunday may have dragged Birmingham below the relegation line, but the problems that they have suffered all year are the reason why they are going down.