Rowett: We’re still in sight of the top six

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Blues boss Gary Rowett has not ruled out the chance of a top six finish after his team overcame a tricky run of results with a 1-0 win over MK Dons this week.

Blues face a resurgent Brentford side on Saturday, who, under Dean Smith have picked up some useful results since his appointment from League One high flyers Walsall.

But prior to the game against the Bees, Rowett has reflected on what was a massive result against MK Dons on Monday evening. As well as the result, the gaffer is looking forward to welcoming three fully fit players back into the side.

“For us to win at home again was a huge thing. To win back to back (at St Andrews) when we haven’t been as good at home will give everyone a huge amount of confidence.

“Actually turning the run we’ve been on into not a bad run- two wins, two draws and a defeat is not a bad period for us. And we get players back. For us to be able to bring back Clayton, Robbo and Gleeson is massive, but I’m pleased with how the squad has coped so far,” Rowett said.

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Blues fans watch on during the MK Dons match

Blues currently sit in 9th position in the table and are by no means out of the race for a play-off place at the end of the season. With Blues still in with a shout, Rowett wants to keep in touch for as long as possible.

“We want to keep touch with the top six. There is 22 games left and 66 points. It’s about us- we finished 10th last year and after 33 games we had 38 points. We’re 24 games in and have 36 points this time.

“We have one eye on progress and another eye on the top six. It’s about picking points up and being competitive.”

Christmas has been a particularly tough time for Blues, with four games coming in two weeks. But despite the busy run of matches, Rowett says he is looking forward to some restbite after the Brentford game, with matches returning to a weekly affair.

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The manager also has David Cotterill waiting in the wings, but the Welsh international won’t be ready for the Brentford game this weekend.

“Once we get through the next four games, it goes Saturday to Saturday again for six games. Again, its about digging in and getting some bodies in and seeing where we are.

“Dave Cotterill wont make it for the next game. We left it up until Boxing day but we felt it wasn’t quite worth the risk. There was more benefit to get a full week of training but we’ll hope he’ll be ready for the Bournemouth cup game,” Rowett told Blues’ official YouTube

 

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