Maikel Kieftenbeld pleased Birmingham are playing Sheffield Wednesday so soon after previous meeting

The two sides met in December with the Owls coming out on top.

Birmingham City midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld has claimed that the Blues are looking forward to playing Sheffield Wednesday so soon after their previous meeting, even though the Owls ran out comfortable winners on that occasion, the Birmingham Mail reports.

The Championship's play-off chasers met in December, and it was Carlos Carvalhal's men that came out on top as a brace from Fernando Forestieri and another goal from Kieran Lee gave Wednesday a 3-0 win. And Kieftenbeld explained that the squad are grateful to be facing the same opposition less than two months after the previous clash.

"We were in the dressing room at Bristol City and were talking to Jacques Maghoma and he said 'We owe them something because we didn't play a good game up there'," he told the Mail.

"We want to show them that we are a team and we can play really well. It’s good we have got them so soon after that game."

Not only does the quick turnaround arguably give Gary Rowett's squad much more motivation to make amends for the previous game - rather than just looking at it as another fixture - but it also allows the club to go up against one of their key rivals for a play-off place while they are enjoying a purple patch of form.

Birmingham are unbeaten in their last six league games, and have claimed impressive victories over both Derby and Ipswich during that run. And they will be hoping that they not only continue their run of form, but that they also banish the painful memories that came from the last time they met Wednesday. 

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