Newly-appointed Birmingham City boss Lee Bowyer tasted defeat for the first time in charge of the Blues at the weekend.
They were beaten 3-0 by promotion-chasing Watford at Vicarage Road, which means they remain 21st in the Championship table.
There are just eight matches remaining in this year’s campaign for the Blues, and they’ll be desperate to pick up points at the earliest of opportunities.
Bowyer’s side beat high-flying Reading in Bowyer’s first match in charge, and they would have been eager to build on that impressive showing.
But their defeat to Watford means that Birmingham are just three points clear of the relegation zone, with 22nd-placed Rotherham United having four matches in hand over the Blues.
Former Birmingham City defender Paul Robinson took to Instagram after watching his side falling to a defeat against the Hornets on Saturday, but felt as though the Blues are looking better under Bowyer’s management.
The Blues haven’t played football in the third-tier since the 1994/95 season, where they won promotion back into the second-tier at the first time of asking.
Birmingham are set to return to action after the international break, when they take on promotion-chasing Swansea City, in what is certain to be a tricky test for the Blues once again.
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They’ve definitely improved since Bowyer took charge.
Birmingham had put in a number of poor performances whilst Aitor Karanka was in charge of the club, but they seem to want to fight for every point available in a match nowadays.
Watford are a class-apart at this moment in time in the Championship, so Bowyer and Birmingham shouldn’t be judged too harshly on their performance at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
I think they’ve got enough belief in their squad this term to avoid relegation into the third-tier of English football.