Liam Ridgewell and Scott Dann are not only defensive buddies – they also room together on away days.
The tough-tackling duo keep each other entertained on Friday nights when Blues sign in at hotels across the country before a Saturday game.
But it’s not been much fun for Blues on their travels of late as they haven’t won on the road for over nine months.
The last victory came against Portsmouth in the Premier League last year when Alex McLeish’s men recorded a 2-1 victory at Fratton Park.
Despite the dismal away record the pair insist that the team spirit within the camp is what keeps them going throughout both good and bad times.
Dann said: “The lads here are all brilliant.
“A few people came in at the same time, like Roger (Johnson). It was easy to settle in to be honest and as soon as I could get myself fit enough to play it was all good from there.
“When there’s a good set of lads at a club it makes it so much easier to bed in. As soon as I come I settled in straight away.
“I missed the first few games through injury and it was a bit tough watching everyone playing and coming to a new club and not starting.
“But a couple of games in I got myself into the team and got fit and then haven’t looked back since.
“All of the lads get on really well. I get on really well with everyone to be honest so I can go out and do something with the other lads and be happy about it.
“I room with Ridge, he’s a good lad.
“He keeps me occupied on a Friday when we’ve got an away game.
“We know that on a Saturday we have to work hard for each other to make sure we get the right result.
“That is what the manager has got here, players that will work hard for him and each other.
“We know that none of us can slack off in games and in training because we all know that we need to be on top of our game to get the results and keep us in this league.
“We have a laugh and a joke in training when the time’s right, but when it gets down to business and you need to pick up points then we’re all concentrating on the task ahead.”
The majority of the Blues team spend their spare time on the golf course lowering their handicaps but Dann tries to get back home to Liverpool to see his family when he has a day off.
Ridgewell lives in the Midlands and the former Villa defender socialises with the rest of the team when he’s not with his family. He says that the team spirit is second to none and thinks that the high number of British players in the team helps. Just six members of the Blues squad are of foreign descent and Ridgewell says they are all welcomed into the team when they arrive.
“I think that’s what makes it so good because the majority of the players are English,” he said.
“We’ve all stuck together and we’re one unit. We socialise together as well. Whether it’s go-karting, or paintballing, or anything else, it tends to bring us closer as a squad.
“The last couple of weeks have been good. There’s a good buzz in the camp at the minute.
“We looked at the games and thought there was a chance that we might struggle. But we needed the points and we delivered.”
The left-back has been a consistent performer for Blues since signing on at St Andrews in 2007.
He became the first player in more than 20 years to directly switch between Villa and Blues, and last week he tasted derby success in royal blue for the first time.
In his time playing under McLeish, Ridgewell has seen a host of players come and go in his three-year spell.
However he feels the current playing staff are the most talented that he has worked with at the club.
“I think it’s probably the best team we’ve had here. A few seasons ago we had a good side, with the likes of Mauro Zarate in team, who is now at Lazio, and we’ve lost a few players.
“But in general it’s a really good side here and everyone gets on really well which is important.”
Ridgewell is also pleased with his individual performances and says that it’s the happiest time in his career as a footballer.
The 26-year-old burst onto the scene at Villa Park as a teenager but then found first team opportunities hard to come by under former manager Martin O’Neill.
The lack of game time prompted a move across the city and Ridgewell says he has never looked back or regretted the move.
“I’m really happy here and I’m enjoying myself. Like I’ve said before it’s probably my most enjoyable period as a player.
“It’s been a good steady season so far and we want it to carry on.”