WADE Elliott reckons that getting past Christmas in a healthy league position was the key to Birmingham City's march up the Championship table.
Chris Hughton’s men were denied the opportunity to extend a 12-game unbeaten run on Saturday when their match at Barnsley was called off because of a frozen pitch.
It was a blow for in-form Blues but Elliott knows they are still sitting pretty in third and ready to continue their assault on an immediate return to the Premier League.
“If you had said we could get to Christmas still within touching distance we would have taken it,” he said.
“We had all the changes in the first half of the season that the club went through – a new manager, pretty much a new squad, a European campaign to contend with, and if you had said we could get through Christmas and be over all that, and still be right in contention, I think most people would have taken that.
“Now I think we’re within striking distance. We’ve had more obstacles than most teams in the league.
"We’ve managed to move ourselves into a decent position and hopefully in the second half of the season we can come strong.”