Birmingham City head coach Pep Clotet has admitted that he is expecting a tough game when the Blues travel to bottom-of-the-table Luton Town in the Championship at the weekend.
The Blues made a decent start to the season, but a terrible run of results over the last few months as seen them fall from within touching distance of the play-off places to worryingly close to the bottom three.
Birmingham have won just one of their last twelve league matches and have lost five of their last six. They’re currently 18th in the league table, six points above the relegation zone.
The Blues picked up their first victory since the start of December at the weekend though, when they won 2-1 against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup.
They’ll be looking to continue their momentum this coming weekend, against a Luton side who are without a win in their last seven matches in all competitions.
Ahead of the clash at Kenilworth, Clotet told the club’s media at his pre-match press conference that he is expecting a tough game against Luton, but has backed his side to come away with three points.
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Clotet said: “Luton is a difficult place to go, they are a stronger team at home than they are away, they play an open game and have a lot of energy.
“I am expecting a tough match, but I am trusting our strengths to go there and get the right result.”
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It’ll be a tough game for Birmingham at the weekend and Clotet needs to make sure that his players approach the game with the right mindset. Just because their opponents are bottom of the league, they can’t afford to take anything for granted.
Birmingham have really struggled over the last few months and the reality is that if results don’t improve soon, the team are in serious danger of being dragged into a relegation battle.
It was a good result for them against Blackburn at the weekend and there were plenty of positives for Clotet to take away from that performance. Even though it was only a cup game, the result should have given the players a much-needed confidence boost.
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