Date: 23rd February 2018 at 7:18pm
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When teams come to St. Andrews in the midst of a poor results, they can usually rely on Birmingham City to give them a point or three.

Tomorrow’s visitors, Barnsley, have won once in their last 18 games. That’ll probably be two in 19 after tomorrow…

The Tykes are recovering from managerial upheaval after Paul Heckingbottom walked out to take the reigns at Leeds United just days after signing a new contract at Oakwell.

Their new manager, Jose Morais, took charge of his first game on Tuesday night and although Barnsley were beaten 2-1 by fellow strugglers Burton Albion, the chances they created and eventually squandered suggests they have every right to feel that they deserved something. They’ll fancy their chances at St. Andrews, a happy hunting ground for them in the recent past.

Barnsley could well be tricky customers tomorrow. It sounds like a worn old cliche but this is a six pointer.

Having followed up their improved form with three straight league defeats without scoring, Blues could well keep or cost Steve Cotterill his job. By 5pm tomorrow, Blues could be four points clear of the relegation zone or firmly in the bottom three and maybe even managerless.

But if you’re a true supporter, you should never wish defeat on your team, even if you despise the man in the dugout.

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