Hughton Desperate for Birmingham City

As Birmingham City edge closer to securing a place in the promotion play-offs, manager Chris Hughton has told of the desperation he has for his ‘group of boys’ to ‘cross the line’ and cap off an excellent season.

Chris Hughton Desperate for Birmingham CityBlues looked set to do just that last night at Portman Road when Chris Burke edged Birmingham City ahead in first half injury time.

However, Ipswich Town came back strongly in the second half and grabbed a deserved equaliser in the 75th minute through Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

“It was a fair result,” Chris Hughton told the Birmingham Mail

“Ipswich put us under a lot of pressure in the second half and they’ve got the players who can do that, especially in wide areas.

“At times they were excellent. They played with a certain freedom and we had to soak up a lot of pressure, but we’re a resilient group and hard to beat.

“Ipswich missed chances, as did we, and in the context of the overall game I thought it was a fair result.”

Birmingham City require just one more point to guarantee a play-off position.

“We’re close but we’ve still got to play two very tough games, and they don’t come much tougher than Brighton away and Reading at home.

“I’m desperate for this group of boys to cross the line, because they’ve been excellent all season.

“They deserve it, because of the amount of games they’ve had to play and the spirit they’ve shown.

“I hope we can take the required point we need.”

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