Martin Jol feels Saturday's opponents Birmingham City are a side capable of beating any team on their day.
It has been a strange season for Steve Bruce's side following a strong showing in their first two Premiership campaigns. Bruce added much quality to his squad over the summer months but they suffered an indifferent beginning to the season and have been a bit up and down for much of the term.
Their last four games tell something of a tale. Games against Liverpool, West Brom, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa yielded six points with 2-0 wins over Liverpool and Villa, yet defeats against the Premiership strugglers.
"Birmingham have got very good players," reasoned Martin. "Maybe it was a bit disappointing for them that Savage left as he was a team player. But you saw from the game against Aston Villa they are looking good again, Heskey is looking sharp and they have a good midfield.
"Defensively they can be indifferent but that is the same for most of the teams in the Premiership. We all have the same problems, they bought in some new players and had to transform the team, plus they have had some injuries.
"If you see them play you know they can beat any team and can lose games as well. They are not a top, top side, but are one of the best sides in the middle group."
Martin added that the introduction of new players into a settled side can prove problematic in the short term, but he insists it is not a problem that cannot be solved.
"The main thing is you know why. If you know the problems you have in your team you can do something about it and I think they knew the problems.
"They have a big squad, we have a big squad and I think we are a bit similar.
"It is the last bit of the season now and if teams have a good spell they can go for a high finish and there are five or six teams battling for that - and we are one of them."