With Markus Schopp taking the place of successful appointment Valerien Ismael, Barnsley supporters are prepared to remain realistic when it comes to launching another promotion bid this season.
Nevertheless, they will be encouraged by their team’s start to the campaign, despite the manner of their 2-2 draw at Queens Park Rangers last weekend.
The Tykes were well on their way to maximum points against opponents who they will class as division rivals before allowing their hosts to salvage a share of the spoils.
Schopp and his players were left visibly frustrated at the full-time whistle, but there were far more positives than negatives to take from the fixture in the capital.
Facing a Birmingham team on the up will be a different test of their character, particularly with Blues showing another side to their game at Luton Town.
Many predicted a game of minimal chances, one which could realistically end in a goalless draw, but Birmingham ran riot in netting five times at Kenilworth Road.
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While Manchester United loanee Tahith Chong is taking most of the plaudits, manager Lee Bowyer will be encouraged by Scott Hogan’s double against the Hatters.
Providing that Birmingham can maintain their performance level in defence, there is little reason to think that they will not be challenging for the top six come the end of the season.
Birmingham make the trip to Yorkshire having yet to concede a goal on their travels, their previous visit to the county ending with a 1-0 triumph at Sheffield United earlier this month.Barnsley Championship form: