Gary Rowett says this is Birmingham City's aim for the rest of the season

Gary Rowett wants Birmingham City to remain in touch with the play-off chasing pack in the Championship.

Gary Rowett has told Birmingham City's official site that his side’s aim this season is to remain in play-off contention for as long as possible.

The Blues are currently in eighth place in the Championship table, having put together an impressive campaign so far.

And Rowett has urged his team to keep the pressure on the promotion chasing pack, to give themselves a chance of finishing in the top six come May.

"I see it going down to the wire but hopefully we’ll be in that mix and right in there,” Rowett said.

"We’re looking to try and maintain our form. I’ve said all along we need to be ten games to go and we need to be in the mix, that’s the aim.

"But, as is always the same with football, you can have a good spell but we’re still six games away from those last ten games so it’s still a hell of a way to go.”

Birmingham have surpassed expectations so far this campaign, and they have kept pace with many sides who are better funded than them.

Rowett has made the Blues a formidable opponent, but they were dealt a blow in their most recent fixture against Sheffield Wednesday.

Birmingham took the lead against the promotion-chasing Owls, but they let their advantage slip, with Gary Hooper scoring two second half goals for the Yorkshire side.

That defeat has knocked Birmingham down the standings, but they are still only three points away from the play off spots, with their next fixture coming against Rotherham United on Saturday.

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