Birmingham City are targeting six points from their next two fixtures – making it a home from home.
Not only are Blues determined to maintain recent momentum, but also improve their showing in front of the St Andrew’s crowd.
The Championship’s bottom club Ipswich Town visit on Saturday.
Then it’s Bristol City – who are second from bottom – on Tuesday.
“I think the players are starting to get that little bit of belief now, we are starting to get a little bit of consistency in our performances,” said manager Lee Clark.
“I have been banging on all week saying I could see the confidence coming back and that we are a good side, and we showed that at Leeds United on Saturday, and then there was the second half at Millwall.
“Now what we have got to do with two home games coming up is continue what we have been doing. The support we get from the terraces is brilliant, but we need to give our fans a little bit of a boost, something to shout about and back us with. If we continue the way we did against Leicester City at home, in terms of the front foot, high energy performance, the crowd will get behind us and help us carry on the momentum we have got to get winning results, and that’s what we need.”
Blues still haven’t quite erased the horror memory of the 5-0 loss to Barnsley on home turf. The next St Andrew’s outing was a 1-0 defeat by Huddersfield Town.
But, as Clark said, at Elland Road, Blues were highly accomplished and controlled the match – definitely a confidence-booster.
Leroy Lita scored a stunning winner and his partnership with Marlon King gave Blues a real threat up front.
“Outstanding,” was Clark’s description of them. “They put the back players of Leeds under pressure. The combination play, link-up, the outlet we had with the two of them – brilliant. I just wish Marlon’s effort at the end had gone in and not hit the crossbar because his play deserved it. But he was more than happy with the result. He got his hat-trick in the week at Millwall.
“They are a real threat, they look as good as anything in the division, because they’ve got pace, they’ve got know-how. Every time I have paired the two of them they have looked really dangerous.
“I have got two strikers coming back next week, Nikola Zigic free from suspension and Peter Lovenkrands will be fit. The two lads in the team are putting the marker down at the moment, but the other two possess a lot of quality as well.”
Zigic got 69 minutes under his belt for Blues’ under-21 development side at Wast Hills on Tuesday against Sheffield United after his three-game ban ended.
Blues, meanwhile, will be honouring one of their best players of the modern era on Saturday.
Former Ireland international Dave Langan returns to St Andrew’s for the first time since injuries forced him to quit.
A full-blooded, attacking full-back, Langan was Blues’ £350,000 record signing in 1980 when Jim Smith brought him in from Derby County.
Unfortunately, knee and back injuries blighted the latter part of his four-year spell at Blues, but Langan has always been fondly remembered by those who saw him at his best.
Langan’s remarkable story is documented in a new book, Running Through Walls, which he will be signing from 11am at the club shop and from noon at the Royal George.
His personal life was plunged into despair as a consequence of a catalogue of injuries – he has had 13 operations and had his right knee replaced in April – and a reliance on drink.
His second marriage broke up, he became registered disabled and homeless. Langan ended up living secretly in the basement of Peterborough Town Hall, where he worked.
But now he’s back and is certain to receive a rapturous welcome when he takes to the pitch at half-time as Blues’ ‘star of the day’.