Gary Rowett - Up to a dozen different teams are in contention for the play-offs

I see it going down to the wire but hopefully we’ll be in that mix and right in there.

Gary Rowett
Despite losing to Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, in what was their first defeat in seven league games, Blues are still very much in the mix in eighth place, with 47 points from their 30 games.

Hull City currently top the table with 56 points, whilst Brentford, who are 12th, trail the Tigers by 16 points.

"The Championship has historically been like this for probably the last four or five seasons," said the Blues boss. 

"I remember one season when Nigel Clough, who is a good friend of mine, was at Derby. 

"They were low down and won the last two or three (matches) and ended tenth or something like that; or equally you can be up there and lose a couple and be right down. 

"I think that season there was something like ten points from sixth place, the last position in the play-offs, to something like sixth from bottom. 

"It’s not that dissimilar this season, although there’s a bit of a gap appearing from the mid-table down in terms of points from the play-off areas, but it’s still equally as competitive. 

"If you look at it at the moment there’s possibly any one of maybe 12 teams that could make the play-offs."

Rowett continued: "I see it going down to the wire but hopefully we’ll be in that mix and right in there. 

"We’re looking to try and maintain our form. 

"I’ve said all along we need to be ten games to go and we need to be in the mix, that’s the aim. 

"But, as is always the same with football, you can have a good spell but we’re still six games away from those last ten games so it’s still a hell of a way to go."