Another game, another crunch test for Birmingham City.
Blues travel to Peterborough United on Saturday to face another side below them in the Championship table.
After earning a hard-fought draw against Sheffield Wednesday in midweek – and finally securing a clean sheet – Blues kept another of the teams seeking to leapfrog them at bay, at least for now.
And the task is the same at London Road as Posh are in the relegation zone, but have two games in hand on Blues and are six points adrift.
And Darren Ferguson’s side recorded one of the eye-popping results on Tuesday – a 5-1 win at Millwall.
For Lee Clark, Blues should go to Peterborough in confident mood after their battle against the Owls, who came into the match five games unbeaten.
“I think we put in a very committed performance, a very high-energy performance,” he said.
“We dealt with their aerial threat very well. We’ve competed with their physicality very well and maybe on another evening we would have taken three points.
“But, on the plus side, we got a clean sheet. We started on the front foot. They had a spell in the second half, about 15 minutes, when they were putting pressure on us with set-plays.
“But we still had some good opportunities. It wasn’t to be, but what I’ve got to say is that the lads put in a terrific work ethic. We have got to kick on and take it into Peterborough United on Saturday.
“It’s one defeat in seven, so let’s remember that and keep progressing.”
Paul Robinson, Morgaro Gomis, Robert Hall and the front pair, Peter Lovenkrands and Wes Thomas, were all axed. “It wasn’t any reflection on the lads,” said Clark.
“Even on Saturday, in a heavy home defeat to Watford, we got punished for individual errors. But the lads who were left out were just a little bit loose. So they will be a bit frustrated, but it was nothing to do with how they performed for me Saturday and the work they gave me.
“I just felt we needed a bit of freshness in there and the lads who came in did terrifically well.
“Young Mitchell Hancox, brilliant, Callum Reilly – two Bluenoses, loving this opportunity – did terrifically well. Jonathan Spector was excellent and I thought the two front men did very well. Nikola Zigic and Marlon King gave us a little bit of an extra dimension.’’
Clark has drawn a line under the Zigic saga. He reacted in the way Clark hoped, after being axed for poor training in the run-up to the Watford game.
“Listen, it’s all water under the bridge,” said Clark. “It’s something I felt had to be done and he’s responded how a top-class international footballer does –he gets out on the pitch, does the business and he tries his very best. He worked extremely hard and he was a threat for us.
“But, you know, let’s kick on to Peterborough and see what we can do there.”
Blues’ clean sheet was a boost, Clark admitted: “I hope the lads take a lot of confidence from it. They’ve been waiting for a long time for it.
“They’ve been unfortunate on occasions not to have got it earlier. It’s building blocks for us.
“As I said, one defeat in seven, a clean sheet, so that monkey’s off our back.
“We have to take that into Saturday against a team who play with a lot of flair, attacking potency.
“So we will have to go there and combat that, but take our game to them as well.”