Gary Rowett suggests Birmingham could be on verge of unbelievable achievement but admits recent disappointment

The Blues are just two points outside the Championship play-off places.

Gary Rowett has hinted that Birmingham City are on the verge of an unbelievable achievement this season, but admitted that his side have still disappointed him recently, the Birmingham Mail reports.

The Blues are ninth in the Championship, and are just two points adrift of the play-off places with a game in hand over Sheffield Wednesday. However, their most recent result was a hugely disappointing loss against Blackburn, and the frustration of that defeat was compounded by the fact that they had been able to beat automatic-promotion chasers Hull in the previous game. 

And while Rowett suggested that making the play-offs would be a sensational accomplishment for the club, he did admit that his optimism was dampened by the defeat against Paul Lambert's men.

"If we win our game on hand - obviously we won't see the benefit of that for a good few weeks yet, we are in the play-offs," he told the Mail.

"If we had said that at the start of the season with the resources we have got we would say it is an unbelievable season so far.

"That's the position we are in but it doesn't hide the disappointment when you have played so well on the Thursday night against Hull and then not performed in certain areas against Blackburn."

Considering that when Rowett took over at St Andrew's last season, Birmingham were in the bottom three having just been thrashed 8-0 at home to Bournemouth, the rise up the table they have enjoyed in such a short space of time has been amazing.

Nevertheless, having been around the top six for most of the campaign, it would be a considerable blow if they were to miss out on the chance to extend their season.

So while a top-half finish would have been considered as an excellent return at the start of the year, now they are in the race for the top six, it appears that Rowett has begun to dream of going one step further. 

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