Back to back wins have propelled Blues to their highest position of the season and at last we can start looking up as well as down the table. Of course the annoying habit the bottom six have of continuing to win means we are still only seven points from the drop but relegation fears have eased. Forty nine points would have been enough to keep us up last season but it’s looking like mid-fifties may be required this year. With only seven points covering eleventh to twenty-second everybody in the bottom half could still go down. A win at home to Wolves on Easter Monday should seal safety though.
Other than the Watford and Hull games there has been a marked improvement in performances since Christmas and I see no reason that we can’t finish the season strongly. The play-offs look unlikely but with Middlesbrough in free fall and the inconsistent form of the clubs around us finishing as high as eighth is not an unreasonable aim. A strong finish often means a strong start to the following season and would restore a bit of the feel good factor.
But would finishing tenth be seen as a success? I would argue that it would considering all the off field problems we have had this year and the number of long term injuries. I don’t think any of the other teams could have coped with losing so many defenders and their leading scorer for a large part of the season. Especially as we had so few options to replace them. We managed to survive the predicted asset stripping in January and since then our record is comparable to anyone outside the top eight. If we match the points total of our previous eight games in our next eight we will finish on sixty-one points and be a little adrift of the playoffs. I’d have taken that if offered it in the autumn.
Where does everyone else think we will finish and would that be considered good enough for you?