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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Hughton hails Blues' endurance

Birmingham boss Chris Hughton hailed his players for coping with a gruelling schedule this season after Wade Elliott's goal earned them a 1-0 win at Wolves in their FA Cup third-round replay.

Hughton's main priority is trying to secure promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

However, City have also had eight qualifiers and group games in the Europa League despite the loss of many of last season's players.

And an FA Cup run could now be a possibility after Elliott's goal in Birmingham's 36th game of the campaign set up a visit to Sheffield United.



Tired

Hughton said: "We have played on average eight more games than most teams in our division.

"But at this moment there is a real good spirit in the team.

"All we are trying to do on our side is to be positive about everything.

"There is a group of players here who want to play. No-one has come in and told me they are tired.

"It is one game after another but I've got a group of lads who enjoy playing football."

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy was angry at his side's exit, even after making 10 changes to his starting line-up. He said: "I am very disappointed, angry, and the game hinged on us not marking from a corner.

"Yes, there are a lot of changes, some enforced, some my decision, but they are all Premier League players. I'm livid we've gone out."

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