Swansea may have received many plaudits for their style of play in the early stages of Russell Martin’s tenure, but the results were rather underwhelming.
After winning just one of their opening eight games, though, the Welsh side have since collected 10 points from the last 15 on offer to move within four points of the playoffs.
Last weekend’s 3-0 win over bitter rivals Cardiff City may well prove to be an early turning point in Swansea’s season, having followed that up with an impressive win in midweek.
City recovered from a first-minute setback against automatic promotion-chasing West Bromwich Albion thanks to goals from Joel Piroe and Jamie Paterson at the Liberty Stadium.
The two games won by Swansea this week is as many as they managed in their previous 12, though not since February – when Steve Cooper was in charge – have they won three in a row.
They will be confident of keeping that momentum going against an out-of-form Birmingham side with just three points to their name from the last 21 up for grabs.
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Lee Bowyer’s side did at least manage to snap a three-game losing run with a goalless draw at Huddersfield Town on Wednesday in a game that saw the Terriers twice hit the post.
However, the Blues remain without a win since September 10 and have now failed to score in six successive games for the first time since March 1989