A look at Birmingham City's vital next three games

A general view of  St Andrews ahead of The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town at St Andrews on February 6, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Birmingham City face a huge next three games as they attempt to steer away from relegation.

A general view of  St Andrews ahead of The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town at St Andrews on February 6, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Birmingham City are set for a crucial three-game period, as they attempt to move further away from the relegation zone following a disappointing result at the weekend.

The Blues are lingering dangerously close to the bottom three following their 2-0 loss at the hands of rivals Aston Villa, and while they have been in this position before, bouncing back from such a demoralising loss is going to be crucial for them moving forward.

Steve Cotterill has proven himself to be a breath of fresh air since taking on the position early in the campaign, with the Blues’ recent good run being something that shouldn’t be swept under the rug despite their disappointing performance at Villa Park.

Millwall (H) – Reverse Fixture: 2-0 loss

Millwall's Aiden O'Brien celebrates with team mate Jed Wallace after scoring the teams first goal and the equaliser during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Millwall and...

It would be an understatement to suggest that Millwall is a tricky game off the back of the Villa clash, and the Blues need to prepare themselves for a tricky 90 minutes. As Cardiff City discovered you can never take the Lions lightly because their aim of striking fear into the opposition almost always pays off. They may be inconsistent, but the Blues should see a draw as a result that would not be the end of the world.

Brentford (A) – Reverse Fixture: 2-0 loss

Declan Rudd of Preston North End blocks a shot from Neal Maupay during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Preston North End at Griffin Park on February 10, 2018 in...

Brentford are an odd team as they seem to be something of a gateway side for the more realistic play-off contenders. With that being said, they are still up in 10th so they should not be taken lightly, although it will be interesting to see how prominent Jota will be against his former side. With this being an away game, the Blues should consider a point a favourable result.

Barnsley (H) – Reverse Fixture: 2-0 loss

Tom Bradshaw of Barnsley looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Leeds United at Oakwell Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Barnsley, England.

If there is ever going to be a time for the St Andrew’s faithful, this is it. This is the definition of a relegation six-pointer and Steve Cotterill should be letting his side know just how vital this game is, and when you compare the two sides, Birmingham really should be seeing this as a must-win game. They have got the better starting XI from head to toe, and they should be looking to pressure Barnsley from the word go.

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