Birmingham City are flying high after a superb run of just one defeat in their last 13 matches, which saw seen Garry Monk’s side shoot up the Championship table.
Improvements are needed in the first few weeks of the international break after drawing 3-3 with Hull and losing to Derby County, with defeat at Pride Park being the club’s first since August.
A stern challenge awaits this weekend as the Blues make the short trip to tackle arch-rivals Aston Villa at Villa Park, with the two sides currently level on points and searching for a victory that would bolster their promotion ambitions.
With the international football calendar for 2018 now coming to an end, excitement is rising as fans look ahead to the Second City Derby and it has become clear that the players are in the same boat – as Craig Gardner stated he is ready for the game.
That led to varied responses from supporters on social media and we have gathered some of the best below.
Probably get sent off kro.
— reganesque64 (@reganesque64) November 18, 2018
Get him starting
— Ciaran (@ciaranneason) November 18, 2018
Couldn’t agree more ????
— Chris Dalton (@Dalt_88) November 18, 2018