By Tony Leighton
A trip to Bournemouth on Saturday may suit Birmingham City more than having a home game as they look to extend a five-match unbeaten run that has brought them two away wins but only draws at St Andrew's, where they have failed to win in five outings and taken just three points from a possible 15.
The unbeaten run has, however, lifted Blues out of the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone and winger Chris Burke is happy that his team have at least got themselves out of the losing habit - they had suffered six defeats in their previous nine outings - that had dragged them down into the bottom three.
"If we were getting away draws and home wins people would look and think it's not as bad," said Scotland international Burke. "You obviously want to win your home games, but it's just not happening for us at the moment. It's still good for the team morale though, to know that you've not been beaten for five games.
"We're trying to get away from that [relegation zone] as quickly as possible. I think in the last five games we've shown we can do that and hopefully we can maintain our consistency. But it's very difficult. You look every weekend at the results and say, 'that team beat that team? How did that happen?'
"The Championship is a very, very unpredictable division and it's just about trying to be as consistent as possible. We're trying to do that and in the last five games it's happened. That looks good, it's been a good mentality to have this week and hopefully we'll make if six out of six unbeaten at Bournemouth."
Burke is also hoping to be back in the team's starting line-up at Bournemouth after making his last two appearances from the substitutes' bench, the most recent last Saturday when he was the key man in a fightback that saw the Blues twice come from behind to earn a 2-2 home draw with Middlesbrough.
The 30-year-old winger, who was the club's outstanding player in the two seasons he has completed since his move from Cardiff City in the summer of 2011, added: "Any player would be frustrated - ask any player and he'll tell you he wants to be playing week-in, week-out.
"When you're left out you're disappointed, but you have to show the right attitude when you're asked to go on and do something. In all walks of life that's what you have to do, no matter what job you're in. In football you have to show you want to play in the next game, and hopefully I did that last Saturday."
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