Ibanez targets play-off success
Pablo Ibanez insists he is ready to rise to the occasion and help Birmingham clinch play-off success.
After Steven Caldwell was last week ruled out for the remainder of the season with a torn groin, Ibanez stepped in alongside Curtis Davies at the heart of defence for Saturday's 1-1 draw at Brighton and the partnership is set to guide Blues through the play-offs.
It was the 30-year-old's first start since Boxing Day but the former Atletico Madrid and Spain international slotted in well and now he is determined to help lead the club to Wembley glory next month.
"It's unlucky for Stevie, he has had a big season," Ibanez told the Birmingham Mail. "But I am ready, I am ready to play and I want to do my best and help Birmingham, as I have always tried to do.
"It has been a very tough season for everyone. We have had a lot of games and personally I have had to wait. But I am looking forward to these next few weeks and doing what I must for the team.
"All the guys are very good here. The spirit is very good. We have a lot of quality and we have experienced players. The four teams in the play-offs will be strong. But I have confidence in our team and I know we will do the best possible thing we can."