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Lafferty is setting top flight goal with Blues

By Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland star Kyle Lafferty is determined to score the goals that could take Birmingham City into the Premier League.

The 28-year-old has joined the Championship outfit from Norwich City on loan for the rest of the season and plans to help his new club make the play-offs.

Lafferty has endured a frustrating season of inactivity at Norwich and is itching to get going with the midlands outfit, who are at Charlton today.

"I'm excited. Obviously I haven't played that much football over the past six months or seven months but Birmingham have given me a chance to get fit and help the club push for the play-offs," said the Fermanagh man.

"Birmingham are in a good position six points away from the play-off places with a game in hand. The manager (Gary Rowett) wants to play attacking football so he is going to go for it. That suits me and it's going to give me game time.

"I want to play a massive part in helping Birmingham get into the play-off places. The gaffer has spoken to me and said he is determined to get me as many games as possible. I want to bring goals to the team and my work-rate will be important. The Championship is a tough league and if you aren't going to work your socks off you will struggle."

Meanwhile Conor Washington, who scored Northern Ireland's winner in Monday's 1-0 home friendly win over Slovenia, came off the bench late on last night at Loftus Road for QPR in their 3-2 defeat to Middlesbrough, who moved into second in the Championship table two points behind leaders Burnley.

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