Larsson thinks Carling Cup distraction will help Blues avoid the drop



Birmingham City’s Sebastian Larsson is confident that Birmingham’s fantastic run to the Carling Cup final could actually help the team in their bid to avoid the drop.

Birmingham currently sit three points above the relegation places and travel to the Carling Cup final against Arsenal in two weeks hoping that a third consecutive victory this weekend could lift them away from danger and into the top 10.

Since seeing off West Ham in the semi finals the Blues have won two out of two and Larsson believes the confidence gained from a good cup run has helped the team in the league as well.

He said: “The Carling Cup has not proved a distraction. In fact, it has really given us a lift, getting through that semi-final.

“It has been a big boost to the fans, the players, everyone, and we’ve been on a decent run since.

“Hopefully we will be peaking for the end of month at Wembley. That would be special.

“It is going to be a massive day for everyone, a fantastic day, and the team on the other side of the pitch (Arsenal) aren’t too bad either so it will be interesting.

“But we know that for now the focus is on getting away from the bottom of the table.”

Birmingham face Newcastle at home, and then West Brom at home in a vital derby this weekend, which could shape their season. Two victories would put them nine points clear off the drop zone, and well into the top half of the table.

He added: “It is a good chance to go clear (of the bottom), of course it is. But the league is weird this year.

“It is so tight. At the moment it is not looking too bad. But a couple of bad results and we could slip back into it.”

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