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Ridgewell: Knuckling down

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Liam Ridgewell has called on Birmingham City to forget about the past and focus on the present.

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The Blues secured a commendable ninth-placed finish in their first season back in the Premier League last term.

Such success has served to raise expectations around St Andrews, with the team tipped to kick on this year.

They have, however, stumbled out of the blocks, with a five-match winless run leaving them just above the drop zone.

Ridgewell insists there is no cause for concern just yet, but he is keen for everyone connected with the club to put last season behind them and give their full attention to turning things around in 2010/11.

"I think we are trying to compare ourselves to last season and that's not going to happen, that season's been and gone now," he told the Birmingham Mail.

"Bits and bobs have not really been going for us at the minute. We have just got to try and pick ourselves back up.

"Fans are going to think we are on a par with last season. A lot of other people think that. They expect us to be doing better. We expect to be doing better.

Grind

"Just the one win? No, it isn't weighing on our mind. That's just the way it is.

"The Premier League is stronger this season but you look at where we were this time last year and it was probably a similar position.

"We have to kick on, knuckle down and get these points on the board and grind out results."

Part of the problem for Birmingham this season has been introducing a number of fresh faces into the fold.

Ridgewell knows it will take time for the new arrivals to settle and has called for patience as Alex McLeish's side takes shape.

"We had so many games last season with the same team, the gaffer has brought new players and he has got to fit them in," he added.

"It's difficult. You look at other teams in their second season and they have struggled. Not that we are saying we're struggling.

"But when you have got the likes of (Alexander) Hleb coming from Barcelona, then we have got to try and fit them in and get used to them as well to get the best out of our team."