Birmingham Ahead
By Rob Nichols
Friday 04 Oct 2019 10:04:00
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After Boro's recovery against Preston in midweek can we go one better at St Andrews, where we go head to head with Birmingham City, tonight. Kick off 7.45pm.

Boro face a tricky task against Birmingham City, who although having a fairly inconsistent start always present a formidable hurdle at home.

This will be a last game before the international break, so it would be ideal to go out on a high note. Jonathan Woodgate could rally the troops and work on the training ground to ensure those defences are more secure and water tight before launching forward on the next part of the season.

For once there are a few options and permutations for the Head Coach. Although the thin squad picks itself in certain positions the positive contributions of Howson, Tav and Browne against Preston will give the Boro boss pause for thought before making his selections. We can probably expect Howson to retain his place, providing energy and experience in the midfield. Browne showed enough trickery and also guile and stayed the pace throughout v Preston, I expect the former West Ham man to be another starter.

Birmingham only seems to bring forward lots of bad memories yet the record books actually say otherwise. We get an awful lot of draws at St Andrews. Many a time we have been pegged back. Yet I wonder if a draw would not be the worst result in the world tonight. We do need to be making steps forward in the league as we are far too close for comfort to the relegation places but we need to show we have learned lessons from the Wed defeat and show we  are not going to be knocked over anymore.



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