Birmingham City Press Conference – Gary Rowett looks ahead to Newcastle
Wednesday morning has seen Gary Rowett speak to the media ahead of Newcastle on Saturday.
A surprise to see it fully three days before the match, though potentially Birmingham may be travelling up early to prepare for the game.
The Birmingham City boss say that he expects a difficult atmosphere at St James Park as Newcastle look to bounce back after consecutive Championship defeats, though insists that his players have shown with a win at Leeds and draws at Huddersfield & Reading, that they can get results away at high placed clubs.
Whilst Newcastle have had a tricky time recently, Birmingham have had their own small setback. A shock 3-0 home defeat to Barnsley in the last game really cost Gary Rowett and his team, if they had won then they’d have arrived at St James Park in third place – knowing that a win would take them within three points of Newcastle.
With top of the table Newcastle on Saturday and second place Brighton at home (also another home match with Ipswich in midweek) the following weekend, Gary Rowett was asked if this next week could define his and his team’s season.
Obviously with so many points at stake in a short space of time against competitors at the top, seven or nine points would be massive in that one week period.
However, Rowett reminds everybody of how it is a 46 match season and asks the question of whether this past week of poor results for Newcastle United defines their season?
The Manager confirm Birmingham have no new injuries but mentions the two suspended players he has, no doubt he wasn’t too happy when he heard Shelvey and Dummett had been freed to play in Saturday’s match…
Gary Rowett speaking at his Newcastle press conference as per the Birmingham Mail:
“Jacques Maghoma has still not been well, we are trying to get to the bottom of that. I think we have probably missed him in the last 2-3 games. Dave Davis and Specs suspended but apart from that we are good to go.
“Whichever players play for Newcastle you know at St James Park you are going to have to cope with different types of attacking threat.
“Week that defines season?
“It’s going to be a tough challenging week but I would like to think that teams look at Birmingham coming up and think it’s going to be tough. I don’t think it will define our season.
“You look at Newcastle – do the last three games define their season? To test ourselves against some of the top teams will be a good week for us.
“3 points more than after 19 last season – I am pleased with the way we have started but we know we haven’t played as well as we can do, we know we haven’t got the balance right yet. A start is only a start, it’s a 46 game season.”
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