Hughton hails play-off push

Sat, 28 Apr 16:16:08 2012

Birmingham manager Chris Hughton praised his players for taking the midlands club into the npower Championship play-offs with an impressive 2-0 win over champions Reading.

But it was a bittersweet success for Hughton who now faces the prospect of being unable to strengthen his squad until the end of July because of Birmingham's inability to publish their 2010/11 accounts on time.

The uncertainty hanging over the club, however, was not reflected in their outstanding win over the Royals - with substitute Adam Rooney and Wade Elliott scoring to clinch victory and extend Birmingham's unbeaten run to eight games.

Hughton said: "At the moment the thought of playing in the two play-offs is taking up 100% of my thoughts. We know there is an issue but it is not on my mind at the moment.

"There is an emphasis from everyone at the club to try and get through to the final and get back into the Premier League. That will take up all of our efforts."

Commenting on Birmingham's latest success, he said: "It has been a long, hard season. This was our 60th game but we finished very strong and that shows what we have in the team and the locker. This is why we are desperate for the lads to finish off the job and I sincerely hope they can."


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