Town boss expecting difficult encounter at St Andrew's against a 'new look' Birmingham side
Mick McCarthy is expecting a ‘tough scrap’ at Birmingham this evening, against a Lee Clark side that is likely to be more ‘together’ this term.
The Town boss takes his side to St Andrew’s hoping to avenge the defeat suffered at Reading at the weekend but is by no means expecting an easy ride against the Blues this evening.
“They’ve had quite a big shake-up at Birmingham and Lee has brought some good players in this summer,”
“Perhaps they had a few players that were still attached to the ‘Premier League’ feel of the club but that will have been knocked out of them now and there will be a better camaraderie and team spirit there this season.
“Make no mistake, we are expecting to go there and face a scrap tonight. They are a tough side, are Birmingham, and they had a good result at the weekend.
“That’s not to say they didn’t fight last season, as they gave us a tough game home and away, but I just feel that there might be a bit more ‘togetherness’ there this season.”
Conor Sammon is pushing for a first Town start, after making his debut as a second-half substitute against Reading at the weekend. Paul Anderson could also return to the starting line-up after impressing from the bench against the Royals, but the game comes too soon for wingers Cameron Stewart and Stephen Hunt.
Sammon: Pushing for a start
Birmingham will be without the services of Gavin Gunning and Matt Green who are both ruled out with knee injuries, while Andrew Shinnie looks to set to also miss out with a back injury. Lee Novak (calf) and David Davis (rib) could both return for Lee Clark’s side though.
Where they finished last season
One to watch
David Cotterill. The winger is vastly experienced at Championship level and arrived at St Andrew’s from Doncaster Rovers in the summer. Capped at international level by Wales, the former Swansea man is a constant threat from wide areas with his delivery and eye for goal. Also worth noting that the wideman is a set-piece specialist.
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Referee: Roger East
Assistants: Mark Scholes & Michael Salisbury
Fourth Official: Keith Hill
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