Birmingham City's players are not jaded - Curtis Davies

Curtis Davies
Davies was sent off during the 1-0 defeat at Cardiff last Saturday

Birmingham City's fixture schedule, exacerbated by their Europa League commitments, is not proving a problem, according to centre-back Curtis Davies.

The Carling Cup holders, already facing eight more games this season following relegation from the Premier League in May, are playing twice most weeks.

But Davies told BBC WM: "I've actually felt better from playing the games.

"The side that affects you is the preparation side. There's not much time on the training pitch."

The former Aston Villa, Luton and West Bromwich Albion defender is convinced that the club's heavy schedule could even benefit them over the forthcoming holiday season.

"Come Christmas, everybody's got to do it," he said. "Hopefully, with the games we've played we'll be in better shape to compete with that and get a few wins."

Davies is in line to return to the Blues side to face Doncaster on Saturday after missing the midweek trip to Hull through suspension, following his red card in last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Cardiff.

And, although Chris Hughton's side have recorded only one win in their last nine matches, Davies does not feel their form is at all bad.

"Bar the Cardiff game I feel we've played some good football," said the 26-year-old. "Against Braga, we did really well, especially in the first half, against a team that got to the final of that competition last year.

"I wouldn't say there's more pressure because of the run we've had, but every home game seems to be pressure because a team like us needs to win our home games."

Blues, unbeaten at home in the Championship, go into the Doncaster match seven points behind the play-off places, with two games in hand.

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