Soccer Football – Championship – Norwich City v Birmingham City – Carrow Road, Norwich, Britain – February 21, 2023 Birmingham City manager John Eustace Action Images/Peter Cziborra EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, device lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online use during the game limited to 75 images, without video emulation. It is not used in single club/league/player betting, games or publications. Contact your account representative for more details.

Birmingham City manager John Eustace is adamant the team will get through this “difficult period” as their poor form continued with a 1-0 defeat at home to Luton Town on Saturday.

While the Blues weren’t dragged any closer to the relegation zone when the underdogs were beaten, it was the ninth defeat in 11 league games for Eustace’s side, which has meant some are beginning to question the manager.

However, speaking to the Birmingham World, Eustace insisted he will be able to improve the club’s fortunes.

This is my first job in the Championship and it’s a learning experience, but I’m enjoying it. I am very proud to be the coach of this football club. Nobody said it was going to be easy, it’s going to be hard, of course it is. But we’re fighters, I’m a fighter and we carry on.

We are ahead of last year’s points table. Everybody who puts on the shirt out there is very committed. It’s a 46-game season and we need to turn things around with results, it’s a results-driven business, but most importantly these players stay connected to the fans. We can get through this difficult period together..”

The Blues will be back in action next weekend when they take on the bottom line Wigan.

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The verdict

You would imagine most fans understand Eustace’s point here and they should all remember how bleak things looked for the club in the summer, and what Eustace has had to deal with.

However, that doesn’t mean you can excuse the current form and nine losses in 11 games are simply not acceptable and have to change quickly.

The game against Wigan is massive and would be the perfect prop to get the Blues back on track.

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