Hannibal’s verdict on Birmingham City’s unbeaten run after Burnley comeback
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Hannibal has outlined the reason he believes Birmingham City have extended their unbeaten run to three league games following their 1-1 draw against Burnley on Wednesday evening. The midfielder thinks the ‘good connection’ between Blues fans and players is why they are in good form.
The 19-year-old, who joined Birmingham from Manchester United on a season-long loan in the summer, has started Blues’ last three league matches. He has impressed with his performances in those games, keeping the likes of Junior Bacuna and Jobe Bellingham out of the team.
Wednesday evening’s result sees John Eustace’s side sit 14th in the Championship after their opening 15 league fixtures. Hannibal is hoping he and his teammates can continue their unbeaten run and climb further up the table.
"It is crazy, we can see that there is something - a good connection between the players and the fans,” he told BluesTV after the game. “We need to keep going like this because it helps us a lot.
"It is positive, the more we improve, then we want [to] do more. The more we are positive, the more we have character, we can see that the fans are following us. We keep going like this and, hopefully, we can show more and more every game."
The Tunisian international’s loan move to the west Midlands club has so far been a productive one. He has featured in nine league games so far and is hoping his spell with Birmingham can lead to him developing more as a player.
"The Championship is very intense so we always have to keep the intensity high,” he said. “I keep learning from the experienced players, Troy [Deeney], [Lukas] Jutkiewicz, Scott [Hogan] and everyone. I am here to learn, play and help the team to do their best this year.
"I am very much enjoying it. We are a family. It helps us to learn more and to do more. I am very happy to be here and, hopefully, we can keep going like that."
Hannibal is expected to feature in Blues next league fixture on Saturday. They travel to Ewood Park to face second-place Blackburn Rovers - kick-off is 3pm. Birmingham will be looking to avenge their 4-0 defeat at the stadium last season.