King - Blues raring to go
Marlon King has warned Blackpool that Birmingham are 'raring to go' ahead of the second leg of the Championship play-off semi-final.
Last Updated: 09/05/12 8:43am
Marlon King has warned Blackpool that Birmingham City are 'raring to go' ahead of the second leg of the Championship play-off semi-final.
Birmingham trail 1-0 in the tie after Tom Ince's deflected effort secured Blackpool the advantage in the first meeting at Bloomfield Road last Friday.
King was twice denied by the woodwork during that game, although the Seasiders also had chances to put the contest beyond Birmingham's reach.
And the 18-goal striker, who is bidding to become the first City striker to reach 20 goals in a season since Steve Claridge in the mid-1990s, is backing Blues to put on a much-improved showing.
"We'll look at the first game and know we were nowhere near where we should be," he said.
"We've put it right on the training ground and I think the boys are hungry and raring to go. Wednesday night should be a different game."
Asked about the mood among the squad after Friday's result, King added: "It was disappointing, but we knew that we had chances and we're going to get more chances.
"I hit the woodwork twice and on another night they could have gone in. But we know we weren't anywhere near where we can be, where we should be - we want to put that right."
King scored in both league meetings with Blackpool this season, with a 2-2 away draw and 3-0 home victory part of a 60-game season heading into the play-offs.
Blues are set for their 62nd match of a long campaign, but King added: "There's no point playing 60-odd games if you've got nothing to show for it at the end. We will focus on Wednesday and we are raring to go."