Q&A With Birmingham City

David Brown, host of Davo's Diary, answers our questions ahead of the 126th meeting between Bolton and Birmingham City at Macron Stadium.

Wanderers go into the game on the back of a 3-0 defeat at Bournemouth on Monday night, while the Blues were 1-0 winners over Charlton Athletic two days earlier.

In our latest edition of Q&A, David (@DavoBirmingham) shares his views on the improvement at St Andrew's since last season's final day escape, what antics their supporters will bring to the weekend fixture, as well as why City would be better looking elsewhere than Bolton's 'uninspiring' squad when it comes to summer transfer targets.

Q: We are back with a repeat of last season's finale, only this time you have a lot less riding on it. What's improved over the course of the last 12 months?

A: It all comes down to the managerial change we made in late October, sacking the forever-flustered Lee Clark and bringing in Sir Gary Rowett.

It has been an unparalleled breath of fresh air having a manager who communicates in fluent English and picks players in their actual positions.

Clark was never fit to be a Championship-level manager, whilst Rowett might just be fit to manage at the very highest level. He has taken us from 21st in the table to 11th, with the same group of players. He gets the best out of a limited squad and his V-neck jumpers are also a massive improvement on Clark's tracksuits.

Q: What needs to change at Birmingham City for you to improve on this season and get back in the hunt for promotion?

A: The reality is that we cannot contend financially with most of the teams above us and cannot realistically hope to contend for promotion until that changes. Carson Yeung remains in prison for money laundering and our parent group is in receivership.

We can only hope that a financially and emotionally invested new owner comes our way soon to pump in some money and help build on the foundation Rowett has started to lay. Until then, we'll continue to make do with freebies and loan signings.

Q: Which game this season has seen your best performance and why?

A: Our 6-1 home win against Reading a few weeks into Rowett's reign was our best result, but that was more a case of clinical finishing against a poor side.

The more memorable performance came away at then-top-of-the-table Derby County, where we came from 2-0 down with two minutes to go to draw 2-2. The players seemed to feed off the fans' never-say-die attitude that day and the collective resilience we showed there epitomises the turn-around since Sir Gary took over.

Q: Who would you have chosen as your Player of the Season?

A: Unquestionably, striker Clayton Donaldson. His work rate is second to none, his pace and strength strike fear into opposing defenders and his 16 goals have been great return for a free transfer signing from League One, who had not played at this level prior to this season.

Q: This season has been average for Bolton. Who would you say is above-average on our team sheet?

A: Not Emile Heskey or Eidur Gudjohnsen, since it's no longer 2002, and not Neil Danns, since he was never above-average when he played for us.

Josh Vela seems a bright young prospect, but on paper your team is as uninspiring as ours.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction for Saturday's game?

A: In honour of last year's great escape - Bolton 2-2 Blues.

Two inflatable toys to end up on the pitch, hundreds of Blues fans to dress up in Gary Rowett V-neck jumpers and no chants of "We're Bolton Wanderers, we're sending you down."

Burnden Aces would like to thank David for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more from him on Twitter - @DavoBirmingham - or by visiting youtube.com/DavoBirmingham2.

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