Michael Morrison outlines Birmingham City's target in the Championship this season

Gary Rowett's men have surprised many with their form in the Championship during this campaign.

Birmingham City captain Michael Morrison has suggested that the Blues are targeting a play-off spot in the Championship this season, the Birmingham Mail reports.

Despite an excellent start to the campaign, Gary Rowett's men have fallen off the pace in recent weeks, having lost three games in a row since their last win - a 5-2 thrashing of Fulham in early November.

But a goalless draw in their most recent outing against promotion-chasing Middlesbrough has given Morrison the confidence that they still have plenty of fight left in them (via Mail).

"Yes, it's been a tough few weeks but hopefully this week be the week that can turn us around going into the Christmas period and we can put in a really good run like we did earlier on in the season," he said.

"You have got to be looking for that sixth spot, there seems to be two leagues there, the top five and one vying for that last spot, we need to be top of that little league. That's what we are aiming for.

"We run Middlesbrough real far and if you can put in that sort of performance every week you are not going to be far off it," he added.

As the 27-year-old alluded to, the Championship has seen a gap emerge between the top five and the chasing pack. Seven teams are currently within four points of sixth-placed side Ipswich Town.

But, with the unpredictable nature of the division it would be no surprise if more teams joined the back of the queue, while some of the early high-flyers were dragged into the mix. 

The Blues will know that if they can remain in the equation during their rocky patch of form, then all it will take is one excellent run during the latter part of the campaign to give themselves a fantastic chance of securing a place in that top six. 

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