Steve Bruce appears to be adopting a siege mentality in his team's bid to climb away from the danger zone.
Birmingham City's manager is putting up the shutters before the fixture with Bolton Wanderers and keeping his players out of the spotlight as they prepare for the most important game of their season at home on November 21.
Bruce asked supporters to judge him when he had a full-strength team at his disposal and that is likely to be the case against third-placed Bolton.
Muzzy Izzet, Stan Lazaridis, Damien Johnson, Nicky Butt, Stephen Clemence, Julian Gray, David Dunn and Mario Melchiot are likely to be available for the fixture that starts a run of four games that will be pivotal to Birmingham's season.
After entertaining Bolton, second-from-bottom Birmingham travel to struggling Sunderland and welcome West Ham United and Fulham to St Andrew's.
Bruce will want to procure at least two wins from those four fixtures to keep them in touch with the teams directly above. He is determined to re-focus his full-strength squad for a make-or-break run of games.
The beleaguered Birmingham manager doesn't want any distractions, as he tries to build on their impressive, albeit fruitless performance at Newcastle on Saturday.
The gallant defeat was arguably their best performance of a dismal campaign and Bruce was delighted to welcome back Izzet and Lazaridis to the fold. Both performed with aplomb.
Birmingham's otherwise approachable board of directors has decided, along with Bruce, that the best policy is to let on-field matters do the talking.
However, their new-found policy looks to be paying dividends if the excellent showing at Newcastle is any indication of their form.
Izzet said: "I was pleased with the way I performed at Newcastle but I wasn't happy about the result.
"We need to start winning games.
"I've been at the club for a year and a bit now and I don't feel like I've contributed like I have wanted to, and like I know I can. So it was just nice to be out there again on Saturday and playing a part."