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THE INSIDE TRACK: BIRMINGHAM CITY

26 August 2016

Our guide to Blues

NORWICH City travel to The Midlands tomorrow (3:00pm), ahead of their game against Birmingham City.

Here we take a look at what City will come up against at St Andrew's.

IN THE DUGOUT
Gary Rowett has been at the club since 2014, and also joined the club as a player in 1998 for a two year spell.

In his first season as Birmingham's manager, he turned the club's form around, taking them from 21st in the Championship to finish 10th.



Rowett's managerial career began when his successful period as interim manger of Burton, following the sacking of Paul Peschisolido, was recognised and he was given the role permanently.

In his first season as the Brewers' boss, Rowett lead them to the League Two play-off semi-final, and then a play-off final in the following year.

IN THE PRESS
Gary Rowett will be keen to bounce back from their home defeat to local rivals, Wolves.

Speaking to bcfc.com, Rowett said: "They've got Premier League quality in the side.

"Howson, Hoolahan, Jerome, Brady, Naismith, they've got some real good, quality players in there, and that's what you face in this division.



"The more a team comes to dominate possession, the more opportunities, sometimes, it gives us to play the way that we can play.

"We'll be respectful, it's going to be a real tough game, I think any team playing Norwich this season is going to be in for a tough game, I'm pretty sure they'll finish up and around the automatic promotion spots."

ONE TO WATCH
Clayton Donaldson was Blues' top scorer overall last season, with 11 league goals.

Donaldson's arrival at Birmingahm City came after he declined a contract extension with Brentford, to sign for the Blues.

In the first month of last season, Donaldson created four goals for his side.



A notable moment for Donaldson's 2015/16 season was his first-half hat-trick in Birmingham's 4-2 victory over Bristol City.

So far this season, Donaldson has not got off to the start that he is capable of, having a penalty saved at Wigan, and not getting on the score sheet in any of their games so far.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Adam Legzdins, Connal Trueman, Tomasz Kuszczak.

Defenders: Jonathan Grounds, Paul Robinson, Ryan Shotton, Jonathan Spector, Josh Cogley, Michael Morrison, Paul Caddis.

Midfielders: Maikel Kieftenbeld, Robert Tesche, Stephen Gleeson, Diego Fabbrini, David Coterill, Viv Solomon-Otabor, Reece Brown, Jacques Maghoma, David Davis.

Forwards: Clayton Donaldson, Che Adams, Greg Stewart, Jack Storer, Nicolai Brock-Madsen.

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