Birmingham City are still debating whether or not they can make Play-Offs, some are in doubt but others believe it can happen until it is mathematically impossible.
Birmingham City manager, Gary Rowett said that City have a sense of realism about them, but will continue to fight until the end of the season.
The Blues have currently accrued a total of 59 points in 40 games, and sit in 9th position in the SkyBet Championship. They currently have one game in hand, which they are playing tomorrow against Leeds United at St. Andrews.
If the Blues take all three points against Leeds United tomorrow at St. Andrews, then that will place them 6 points behind Sheffield Wednesday who currently hold the last Play-Off position.
On Saturday, Birmingham City traveled to the Madjeski Stadium to take on Reading, where they beat them 2-0, and took all three points, which kept any Play-Off hopes alive.
The Blues’ Play-Off doubts begun when they lost against Charlton Athletic away at the Valley, thanks to Jorge Texeira’s 93rd minute header, which put the Addicks ahead, and gave them the victory against the Play-Off hopefuls.
This defeat meant that the Blues had lost all possible 6 points from Charlton this season, a side which only sits above Bolton Wanderers. This is a fixture which Rowett really needed to win, and take three points, as the Blues’ remaining fixtures are with teams much higher up the league table.
Birmingham City have four home games remaining, which will give the Blues the advantage in terms of home-crowd support. The upcoming home fixtures are as follows:
Leeds United – Tuesday 12/04
Burnley – Saturday 16/04
Preston North End – Tuesday 19/04
Middlesbrough – Friday 29/04
There are two away games left for the season:
Huddersfield Town – 23/04
Cardiff City – 07/05
If luck is not on Birmingham City’s side, and the required results are not obtained, the Blues will be playing Aston Villa next season, which will be one of the biggest rivalries in the Championship.
Manager, Gary Rowett, speaking to the Birmingham Mail, said:
“We have never said it wasn’t doable, we have always just tried to have a dose of realism about us.
“The reality is that even now we need something amazing to happen to get into those positions.
“But I have said it all along, if it’s the first game of the season of it it’s the 41st game of the season, we are an honest group, we will try as hard as we can to win the game.
“If we win it – fantastic, and everyone gives us the plaudits. If we don’t win it I can look at the group and say ‘We’ve given everything we can’.
“That’s all we will try to do. We are very humble in defeat, we don’t worry too much if we lose a game – of course it bothers us but we keep trying to do the right things.
“It’s up to us and everyone else just under the play-off positions to just try to amass points, win games just to put pressure on those teams in sixth and above.
“Ultimately we have not won as many games as we need to in the last ten. That’s the reason we are not there now but it doesn’t mean we still can’t be ambitious and try and win as many games as we can to finish the season off.”