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Fans are key to push for the play-offs.

Byline: CHRIS BROWN Blues fan @VivaBrownie FAN BLOG

'THE best fans we've ever had at the IPRO Stadium' posted Ashbourne Ram on the Derby fans' internet message board.

The 3-0 shearing of the Rams was not the only aspect of last Saturday that left the Derby fans shell-shocked - the performance of our away support made a strong impression too.

But Blues fans know how good our support is.

Dutch tourists at Craven Cottage have converted to the royal blue after witnessing the atmosphere 5,000 Brummies created down there.

There's few, if any, clubs who can compete with Blues' support on its day.

I therefore ask you, is it a coincidence that the three most impressive away victories this season - MK Dons, Fulham and Derby - have all occurred in front of bumper away-day followings? Is it a coincidence that every time the St Andrew's crowd has numbered more than 19,000 this season Blues have won the game? This is seemingly a Blues team that likes to play in front of an audience. This is a Blues team that plays above itself with vociferous backing.

Perhaps if the hoi polloi of Acocks Green and elsewhere had graced us with their presence, rolled out of bed and attended home games against Forest, Charlton and Blackburn, the two losses and a draw might have turned into three wins? With eight extra points we'd be breathing down the necks of Hull in the race for the automatic positions. But alas, many of you chose not to attend, on your heads be it.

It's all well and good receiving rave reviews after the odd big away-day out, but this must now translate as consistent support.

Gary and the lads have a realistic chance of mounting a serious play-off charge during the second half of this season - let's give them every chance of making it.

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