Birmingham City’s unbeaten run of 11 games and their run of four consecutive victories came to an end at the weekend at the hands of high flying Derby County.
Three second-half goals turned it around for the Rams who condemned Birmingham to their first defeat since the 22nd of August.
This result shouldn’t do anything to quell optimism from Blues fans, however. Following two consecutive 19th place finishes in the league, it is safe to say Blues fans have not had a huge amount to shout about in recent seasons.
Things have been different so far this campaign however under Garry Monk. Unbeaten in the league so far at home this season, there are an array of reasons for supporters to remain optimistic despite the weekend’s result.
Firstly as eluded too above Birmingham are a very tough nut to crack at home. Although they have picked up 5 draws, they are currently the only team who are unbeaten at home in the division.
With four wins on the spin before the Derby County game, it appears fortunes may be changing somewhat. Games in which they may have previously drawn the Blues have recently managed to pick up all 3 points.
Lukas Jutkiewicz is another reason for optimism. Although he has never had the most prolific of records he is only two goals away from equalling his best ever season in terms of goals scored (11 in 38 games for Birmingham in the 2016-17 season).
Should he maintain his current form having scored 9 in 16 so far this campaign, his goals may well be integral to the overall success of the Blues’ season.
Currently sitting in 10th place Blues fans have definitely been looking up rather than down since their unconvincing start to the season. Birmingham are only three points off the play-off places and will be looking to close that gap before the year is out.
They play struggling Hull City next at St Andrew’s before a trip to fierce rivals Aston Villa. This is followed up with a trip to a Millwall side who find themselves in 19th before hosting Preston who are currently only out of the relegation zone on goals scored.
It is quite conceivable that Birmingham will be targetting 9 points from these games. Should they pick up the desired result in at least 2 of them, they certainly should not be much worse off in terms of league positioning than they are now.
Current form does suggest Blues fans may well be preparing themselves for a more exciting second half of the season than they have had in the last couple of campaigns.
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