Chris Hughton has praised Doncaster Rovers for their recent resurgence, but has asked his Birmingham City team to build on recent performances to ensure a victory in tomorrow’s Championship league match at St Andrew’s.
Rovers were rooted to the foot of the table until recently, but an imposing win over leaders Southampton saw them move away from the bottom.
Blues, on the other hand have had a tougher time of it on the road that has seen them record one draw and three defeats in away matches against Blackpool, SC Braga, Cardiff and Hull City despite some encouraging performances.
Hughton said: “It will be all about which Doncaster team turn up on Saturday. They had a slow start to the season but at the moment will be full of confidence.
“They have brought in some new players and they have really started to gel and beating the league leaders 1-0, and deservedly so, has done them no harm at all.
“Their form wasn’t so good but they have been galvanised, and that’s what results can do for you. I’m looking for us to turn our good form into results, because we haven’t got what we have deserved in recent times.
“But we can’t change that now. What we can do is build on the positives of the many chances we have been creating and the good football we have been playing and make sure we take advantage of our opportunities.
“I’ve watched the Hull City game again from Wednesday night and we had the three best chances of the game. It’s frustrating when you see that was the case because it means we lost a game we didn’t need to. But it’s a positive that we are creating opportunities and we need to make sure we start taking more of them.”
Hughton is looking forward to a return to St Andrew’s tomorrow following a quartet of fixtures on the road.
He added: “It’s nice to be back home. It has to be remembered that we’ve played five of the top seven teams in the division away from home, and that would be tough for any club in the division.
“But there’s plenty of football still to be played and once again the npower Championship is shaping up as a division in which if you win a couple of games you can leapfrog up a few places.
“The fans have been great for us, as always. The home support speaks for itself and we all know how much teams fear coming to St. Andrew’s, but away from home they’ve been excellent too.
“The supporters are very important to us and can make it very hard for the opposition but we also know it’s a two-way street and that we need to give them plenty to cheer about too on Saturday afternoon.
“I think those fans, who were amazing as always, who travelled to Hull on Wednesday saw a side who despite being the 2-1 behind kept pushing for an equaliser right until the bitter end.”
Curtis Davies is available after his one-match suspension and he goes straight back into the squad for the game.
Other absentees are Jordan Mutch, who has returned to full training and Liam Ridgewell.