REDMOND POINTS TO FITNESS

Birmingham City youngster Nathan Redmond has said that the superior fitness of the team is certainly responsible for them to find a number of late goals this season.

Birmingham City have become the Manchester United of the Championship after finding a way to success in the last few minutes of the match.

It was once again the case during the weekend when they managed to beat Portsmouth in the 86th minute through goal from 17-year-old youngster Nathan Redmond.

Following the match, the youngster spoke of the highly involving training methods used by the coaching staff and also the incredible fitness they have within the squad as being the chief items responsible for bringing out the best of them during the closing minutes of the match.

Apart from Portsmouth, Birmingham city have also denied Ipswich and Doncaster over the last few weeks. As a result of these crucial late goals, Birmingham city have now risen to the third position in the table, which looked almost impossible at the start of the season when they were plagued by many financial problems. Even though the financial problems have not dissipated a lot, the amazing response from the squad at Birmingham City is truly remarkable.

"It's definitely a fitness thing, the staff have been superb with us having Europe and playing more games than most teams. We've a really tight squad, that's why the gaffer didn't really bring anyone in and tried not to let too many people go. That's just what we do here at St Andrew's, a lot of late winners," Nathan Redmond told the BBC.

Birmingham now face Reading in the FA Cup with the latest FA Cup betting putting them as slim favourites to progress.

If Birmingham City carry on with this incredible run, it will not be long before they catch Southampton in the automatic promotion spot. West Ham United currently leads the table with 56 points to Birmingham city's 52 points.