The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

BIRM­ING­HAM sur­prised ev­ery­one with their surge to sec­ond place. Even their own fans knew it wouldn’t last.

But while the Blues were ul­ti­mately out­classed at the KC Sta­dium on Satur­day af­ter­noon, de­feat to a Hull side still fat on Pre­mier League riches is no cause for gloom. Any team who can leave the likes of Tom Hud­dle­stone and Mo Di­ame on the bench is a force to be reck­oned with.

And with Abel Her­nan­dez fi­nally show­ing the kind of fin­ish­ing that tempted the Tigers to part with £10m last sum­mer, it’s hard to see many teams fin­ish­ing above Hull in the ta­ble this term.

Eigh­teen months ago, this could eas­ily have been four or five nil.

But Birm­ing­ham’s re­solve and com­mit­ment in the face of near cer­tain de­feat shows just how far they’ve come un­der Rowett.

And a place in the top six is far from a pipe dream for those fans of Birm­ing­ham City and Rowett.

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