Ryan Shotton doesn’t have fond memories of St James Park, losing 6-1 with Barnsley when he first visited in Newcastle’s last promotion season and then 3-0 and 2-1 when coming to Tyneside with Stoke City in the Premier League.

The Birmingham defender though, thinks that if Birmingham have ‘a lot of men’ then they can ‘really show what they have got’.

Not sure what the alternative is to them playing 11 ‘men’ but it would be interesting to find out…

Ryan Shotton thinks that he and his teammates can silence the home supporters on Saturday, believing that their usual tactics of frustrating the opposition then fast counter-attacks can pay dividends.

Not sure what the defender knows about Newcastle home matches but his estimate of ‘35,000 singing and getting behind every single player’  is sadly overdoing it slightly.

Yes the numbers are there with another 50,000+ crowd guaranteed again BUT for whatever reason, the atmosphere has been pretty shocking in the main.

Hopefully  tomorrow might be the start of something better and the Newcastle fans can live up to Ryan Shotton’s billing. Certainly a better Newcastle display than the last two home ones against Cardiff and Blackburn will not do any harm.

Ryan Shotton:

“We will need a lot of loud voices and a lot of men, it takes men to go out there and really show what they have got.

“There is no better game to go and try and prove yourself than Newcastle away.

“It’s a tough place, my first experience was with Barnsley we got beat 6-1 so I hope that doesn’t repeat itself.

It’s a big old stadium, some crowds you have three or four thousand singing, there you have 35,000 singing and getting behind every single player.

“They are on a high but at the same time they have had a few slip ups.

“We have just got to go there and show what we do because we can upset teams at times and we can frustrate them.

“If we can frustrate Newcastle and get their crowd on their back instead then who knows.

“It plays into our style, that’s how Gary Rowett sets up – to frustrate teams away from home – and we have a very good counter-attacking quick side this year that can really hurt people.”

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