Date: 8th September 2015 at 3:08pm
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What a month it`s been at St Andrews, on top of the fantastic results on the pitch where Gary Rowett`s side sit seventh in the Sky Bet Championship table, double cup success has led to a mouth-watering third round cup tie at local rivals Aston Villa. Although it may be slightly premature, my Pre Season objective of Blues being playoff contenders is completely on track.
August started in incredibly exciting fashion, a lively St Andrews crowd managed to whiteness a typical Blues display on the opening weekend of the season. As Ian Clarkson once said “In typical Blues fashion, we nearly c****d it up”, that was exactly the case as a late David Davis foul gave visitors Reading to destroy the Blues party. Luckily our new Polish stopper came to the rescue and Blues grabbed the first three points of the season in an impressive 2-1 win.
The road to Villa park then started days after, an impressive away win at the bullish League two newcomers Bristol Rovers, where new signing Jaques Maghoma scored his first goal for the club in a 2-1 win. Gillingham were the visitors in the next round, another brilliant all round display where Wes Thomas bagged a brace in what could be his final appearance in a Blues shirt, Thomas was loaned out a week after the 2-0 win. With his contract running out at the end of the season, can you see a future for the Blues striker?
In between the cup success, Blues faced two of the toughest opposition possible, Jon Toral scored in his second consecutive game, smashing in from 20 yards out putting Blues in the lead. Blues eventually survived the onslaught from Burnley and grabbed themselves a point in a 2-2 draw at Turf Moor. Derby County were soon visitors at St Andrews, the likes of Darren Bent, Jonny Russell and Chris Martin couldn`t overpower the Blues defence, whom of which performed incredibly throughout the 1-1 draw where Stephan Gleeson bagged his first goal in a Blues shirt.
Gleeson was once again the hero as Blues closed up for the international break with an outstanding performance at MK Dons, that of which with the backing of 4500 travelling Bluenoses. Gleeson and winger Jaques Maghoma were on the scoresheet as they set alight there Blues careers with the impressive 2-0 win at Stadium MK.
Blues now sit in a very comfortable position, one place and one point off Middlesbrough in sixth place, whilst also having a game in hand over every side in the league except Brentford, that game will take place at the very end of September. Another tough month of fixtures does lie ahead, Blues will play host to newcomers Bristol City along with Nottingham Forest and Rotherham. Whilst the previously mentioned away tie at Aston Villa will be the talk of the town, tough away matches at fellow Play Off contenders Ipswich Town also awaits.
With the start Blue shave had, are the Play offs still a realistic target?

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