We won’t be getting carried away. We are grounded, we know where we are, we’re down there, we’re still in it, we have got to work just as hard to get out of it.Steve Cotterill
They signed-off in 2017 on a high, with a fine victory over Leeds United at St. Andrew's, courtesy of Jacques Maghoma's goal and a sterling all-round team effort.
Unsurprisingly Cotterill was asked whether the 1-0 win could be the platform to launch an consistent upturn in fortune.
“We have talked about that before, but it’s all talk, isn’t it? Hot air.
“I can give you a decent answer to the question, but we have just got to go out and do things anyway irrespective of whether it’s a platform to build on, whatever it is.
“We have got to try and do it, try and go on from it.
“We have been trying to show that for a long time and our performances have warranted more points than they have racked up.
“We deserved to beat Sunderland. Even going to 10 men. We could have been out of sight at half-time.
“A couple of opportunities against Norwich, had they gone in that might have been a different game as well. We started well, got done with a sucker punch after 33 minutes.
“The same for QPR before that. Don’t forget the second-half, we were battering QPR, they had one clearance, it’s gone upfield, they got a corner and scored from the second phase.
“Having said that, the result overshadows everything and we understand that.”
Although Blues go into the New Year bottom of the Championship, the gap between them and the teams above is not insurmountable. They have not been cut adrift; far from it.
“What does the win do? It just gives us another three points, really. This is like a work in progress, a tough job at the moment.
“We won’t be getting carried away. We are grounded, we know where we are, we’re down there, we’re still in it, we have got to work just as hard to get out of it. The planning and prep will be exactly the same as it was.
“Let’s hope we can get the points in the second half of the season we have felt that, over the last few games, we have warranted.”