Mikael Forssell last night fired himself into contention for Sunday's showdown with Aston Villa with a second hat-trick in a matter of days.
The in form Finn capitalised on last week's triple strike in a training ground friendly against Villa with a repeat performance in the reserve team's 5-1 victory over Fulham at Damson Parkway.
Forssell, who has not started a Premiership match for two months, opened the scoring after 12 minutes and added two more following Neil Danns' 71st minute strike.
Radhi Jaidi rounded off the rout with a towering header in stoppage time but it was Forssell who gave the watching Steve Bruce much to think about ahead of this weekend's clash.
With doubts over the fitness of Garry O'Connor, who will discover the results of his scan on a groin injury today, the Birmingham manager must decide whether to continue using Cameron Jerome as a single attacker or offer the youngster support. Forssell's form could persuade him to recall the man who once kept Birmingham in the Premiership.
"I'm feeling good, I don't think I can do anything more at the moment. I've just got to keep going," Forssell said afterwards. "I'm disappointed not be involved in the first team a bit more, I hope to get that call up this Sunday because it's a massive game for the club.
"I have been involved in a few derbies against Villa so I know what it's about. It's a great day for football in Birmingham. To be involved in that game would be brilliant."
After scoring at Chelsea on the opening day of the campaign Forssell has fallen down the pecking order and only made his comeback to top flight action as a late substitute at Everton on Saturday. "If you are satisfied with yourself then development stops," he said. "So you have to strive for more. I'm doing everything I can, I'm working hard and doing my best.
"Will I get back to where I was? To get that run of games and goals I need the support of the manager and I need luck with injuries and I haven't had that for many years.
"The only thing I can do is keep working hard and keep believing that my time will come."
If he continues in the same vein as last night it won't be far away. Birmingham have hardly been prolific this season so to have a striker in such confident mood will be a massive boost.
Whilst the 26-year-old stole the headlines last night there was concern for team-mate Asa Hall who was carried off the pitch unconscious after a bang on the head. The young midfielder was taken to hospital suffering from concussion.