Blues come off the back of two away victories to face former Premier League outfit Queen’s Park Rangers tomorrow afternoon at St Andrews. Here are the latest headlines:
Chris Ramsey’s side haven’t had the best result’s as of late – winning only 1 of 5 sitting 11th in the table, gaining 15 points. Former QPR striker Ferdinand acknowledged that expectations at the beginning of the season were initially quite low, purely based on the fact that the team would need to adapt following relegation from the Premier League. However with key players such as Charlie Austin and Matty Phillips remaining at the club, despite interest from the top flight, original targets have been increased.
Ramsey will now be under no illusions that results must improve quickly or he could well find himself out of a job.
Gary Rowett’s side on the other hand have no pressure coming into this one knowing that at least a draw will keep them in the playoff places. However the gaffer will want to improve home form starting tomorrow after a lacklustre performance the other week against Rotherham which ended 2-0 to the visitor’s.
Gray on promotion hopes
Asked if he felt it was feasible to maintain their form through the whole season, Demarai Gray believes Blues can push for a top six place:
“Definitely,” he said. “The gaffer has said many a time some of the teams we are playing against have spent whatever money on their players – but we have brought in a great set of players who help a lot.
“As long as we stay consistent – because it is a long season, we can definitely stay where we are now.
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The 27-year-old limped off in the 2-0 victory over Leeds United on October 3 and was forced to pull out of the Wales squad for the recent Euro 2016 qualifiers. It was hoped the winger would have recovered in time for the clash at home to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday but Rowett has revealed Cotterill is unlikely to be seen in competitive action for the rest of this month.
He told the club’s official site:
“The medical team think that the best case scenario is that he’s going to be around the three week mark and worst case scenario, it will be longer.”
Robbo hopes to retain his place in the team
Having not started a Championship game since April, Robinson began the last two Blues matches and has played a big part in consecutive clean sheets and successive 2-0 road wins.
Robinson will hope to retain his place for the visit of Queens Park Rangers this weekend as Blues look to resume their excellent start to the season.
“When the gaffer needs me, can I step in and do a job for him. That’s the way I look at,” Robinson said.
“If he needs to call on me I am ready to go, I am ready to put my body on the line for my team-mates.
“When I am not ready he will know the right times and he will pull me out and put people in to freshen it up again.
“We have that understanding, I have always had a great relationship with the gaffer. The manager has been brilliant since he has come in.
“I have been very supportive of him, like he has been of me. He understands that yes I am frustrated at not playing as much but this is football, this is how we deal with it. You get on with it.
Grant Hall returns to St Andrews after nightmare
Hall returns to the scene of his worst nightmare tomorrow almost a year after the QPR player was on the end of an 8-0 hiding when at Birmingham.
Hall was on loan at St Andrews when Bournemouth put 8 past us four days short of his 23rd birthday.
“It was the lowest point in my career,” he said. “A massive learning curve; because it was so horrendous. We just seemed to capsize. Every time they went forward after about 35 minutes they seemed to score.
“I learned I didn’t want to feel like that again. I didn’t want to talk to anyone. I didn’t want to be seen out.
“Birthday? I didn’t really celebrate it to be honest.”
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