Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce might be a lot more confident about his side's promotion chances now they have started to find the back of the net again — but he still has two minor off-field hurdles to overcome.
Blues have still to face an inquiry on April 20 into the embarrassing postponement of their home game against Leeds United in early January. But Bruce finds himself in the dock today, up on an FA charge with regard to an incident at the end of the 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle at Home Park last November.
Bruce lost his temper with the fourth official when he was approached in his 'technical area', in the dying seconds of a nail-biting Blues victory, to be told that his centre-half Radhi Jaidi was wanted for a routine drugs test.
He let rip with a colourful turn of phrase, but his invitation for the officials to leave was not treated with good humour and Bruce was reported. His case will be heard today at Birmingham's Burlington Hotel, although he is expected just to receive a nominal fine.
"We were leading 1-0, there's about a minute to go," said Bruce, "We're swimming against the tide and I've got this guy in my technical area who comes up to tell me 'I want Radhi Jaidi for a drugs test'.
"It was totally out of order in the circumstances and I told him so. I suppose I'll have to apologise."