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Toral taking Birmingham's playoff bid game by game

Jon Toral insists that Birmingham City are not looking too far ahead as they bid to make the top six in the Championship table.


Birmingham City midfielder Jon Toral has told the club's official website that he and his teammates are trying to take their pursuit of a playoff place "game by game".


Despite occupying a position in the top 10 of the Championship table for much of the season, Birmingham have found it difficult to put together a consistent run of results.


They began the campaign with just two defeats in 12 matches, but that was followed by a period that included just one victory in nine contests.


Over Christmas and heading into the New Year, Birmingham won five of their seven fixtures, but they are now without a victory in three attempts.


That kind of form has led to Toral preferring to focus on the fixture ahead of them, rather than contemplating the three-point margin that currently separates the club from sixth-place Derby County.


Their early exit from the FA Cup has also allowed Birmingham to enjoy a free weekend without a game, and the former Brentford midfielder hopes that he and his teammates will benefit from the extra days' rest.


The 21-year-old said: "A break is always welcome but we have to focus and keep working hard. We’ve got time on the training pitch to work on things. I think we will do that, we’ll rest well and we’ll get ready for Bolton.

"Every game is an opportunity to get points on the board and to get closer to what we want to achieve. Thats in the back of our mind, but we have to take it game by game like we’ve been doing.

"Being solid, hard team to beat and we then know we’ve got the players to hurt other teams, so we have to keep doing that."

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