Q&A With Birmingham City

  • October 18, 2014 | By David Williams
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Ahead of the 125th meeting between Bolton and Birmingham City, we have got the views of a Blues supporter.

Wanderers go into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth before the international break, while Birmingham picked up a 1-1 draw at Charlton Athletic last time out.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have spoken to David Brown (@DavoBirmingham) - the host of Davo's Diary on Birmingham's official club website, who has had videos featured on the BBC, Sky Sports and talkSPORT.

Ahead of Saturday's game, David shares his views on Neil Lennon's appointment as Wanderers manager, what has changed at St Andrew's since their dramatic final day survival at the Reebok Stadium last season, as well as which Bolton players may be given a new lease of life under the new boss.

Q: There is a lot of positivity surrounding the appointment of Neil Lennon. What is your opinion on him as a Birmingham fan?

A: I'm not an expert on Lennon's managerial ability, having not followed him closely, but he was the BBC's best pundit at the World Cup and spoke with a good deal of intelligence.

I think it would have been harder not to win the Scottish title with Celtic his last two seasons there, so I don't put too much weight in his doing so. He's a relatively big name though, whose first game the Bolton players will no doubt be up for.

Q: After saving yourselves late on last season at Bolton, what's different about Birmingham this season?

A: Lee Clark is still manager, former Bolton man Paul Robinson is still captain and our saviour Paul Caddis is still here, but other than that our team is unrecognisable from our Great Escape five months ago at the Reebok, after a massive turnover of players in the summer.

Having said that, our squad is still made up of free transfers and loan signings, we're still in danger of relegation, and we're still rubbish at home. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Q: Where do you see your season finishing in terms of league position?

A: Realistically, I see us hovering around the relegation zone for most of the season and finishing just above it again.

Are there three worse teams than us in this division? There should be; we're not the only team with no money to spend (as Bolton fans will keenly attest to) and we still have a few players with international and Premier League experience (including our latest loan signing from Stoke City, American winger Brek Shea).

Fulham and Millwall both looked very poor when we played them, Blackpool appear to be done for, and I question whether Brentford and Rotherham can keep up their good form for long. So here's hoping.

Q: I know it's early days but which player has stood out for Birmingham and why?

A: New signing David Cotterill has impressed on the right wing, creating plenty of chances and having a hand in all three of our goals in our crucial 3-1 win at Millwall.

18-year-old Demarai Gray has also emerged from the youth ranks and lit up two or three games with his pace and trickery on the left, reportedly drawing interest from Liverpool in the process.

Q: Before Dougie's sacking, you could not pick a player who was a threat. However, Lennon has talked about this squad having quality but under performing. Who in the Bolton lineup do Birmingham fans worry could perform?

A: Jermaine Beckford caused us plenty of problems at St. Andrew's last season, so he is the first to come to mind, and Lee Chung-Yong has been a thorn in our side since scoring the winner against us in the FA Cup quarter-final back in 2011.

Robert Hall was also quite a threat for us when we had him on loan a couple of seasons ago and we were disappointed to see him return to West Ham.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction. Give two. Head and heart?

A: We have one home win in 12 months and Bolton will surely get the usual boost from the appointment of a new manager.

My heart says 1-0 to Bolton, but my head says 2-0 to Bolton.

Burnden Aces would like to thank David for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more of his views by following him on Twitter - @DavoBirmingham.

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