Gary Rowett on the need to pick up a positive result against Rotherham, with a ten day gap before the next game against Bolton Wanderers...
“It makes it even more important afte losing the last game against Sheffield Wednesday, although we played pretty well for the majority of it. You’ve got to learn lessons every time there is a defeat or a setback. You’ve got to be stronger and that’s how we’ll always look at it. Now we’ve got Rotherham and Bolton – two teams in the bottom three. It won’t make it any easier to win the games, but of course there is a potential opportunity there for us to seize the moment in terms of getting the results. But as we know and some of the players have mentioned in interviews this week, we’ve not been good against the bottom three sides and our results certainly need to pick up. But what’s great is that they recognise that and they seem to be hugely motivated to change that and it’s going to be down to their ability to get up for these types of games and put in a big performance as to whether we do change it."
Gary Rowett on the importance of putting in better performances against the Championship's struggling sides...
"Of course everyone is aware of it, although it's not something I really want to labour on because you don't want it to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Maybe part of the issue is almost an external feeling from outside the Club and also maybe from the players - certainly not the staff. When we play these types of teams there is a perception we have got to do something different, or play more of a possession-based game or be more open in terms of our attacking play.If you look at those games often we have been counter-attacked and been too open.The ethos rings true playing against a good team or a team that's not performing as well, we want to be solid, that suits our team and our players. Once we become open I don't think we are suited defensively to having lots of space. That's just a fact."
Gary Rowett on how Neil Warnock's appointment as Rotherham boss will give the Millers extra motivation...
"Any side that has a new manager in place before the weekend’s game - particularly one that’s down the bottom fighting for their lives, is going to have an extra motivation to try and win the game. Those players are going to want to stay in the team and impress the manager. And they’ll want to see if they can use Neil coming in, and the positivity that will generate with the crowd, to get them onto a little bit of a roll. Once you get on a roll of one or two games in this division a team can go ten games with a really good run of results from hardly winning for ten games. But we’ve got to make sure we do what we do well and not worry too much about what is happening at Rotherham and the fanfare around Neil coming in. We certainly know it will be a tough game, and I'm sure they’ll be hugely motivated."
Blues team news...
Nicolai Brock-Madsen (hamstring) and Neal Eardley (cruciate ligament) are both definitely out. Blues will check on the fitness of Stephen Gleeson (thigh) and Jonathan Grounds (knee), whilst the manager will decide whether to include David Cotterill in his squad following his recovery from injury.
Blues have sold out their full allocation of 2,620 tickets for Saturday's game. Please do not travel unless you already have a ticket.
Referee Richard Clark will take charge of Saturday's fixture. So far this season the Northumberland-based official has refereed 17 games, where he has produced a total of 47 yellow cards and one red. This will be the first time that he has refereed a Blues match. Mr Clark will be assisted by Shaun Hudson and Paul Marsden.
Form guide - last five league games...
Last five meetings between Rotherham and Blues...
Championship 26 September 2015 Blues 0 - 2 Rotherham
Championship 03 April 2015 Blues 2 - 1 Rotherham
Championship 22 November 2014 Rotherham 0 - 1 Blues
Division 1 13 April 2002 Rotherham 2 - 2 Blues
Division 1 04 November 2001 Blues 2 - 2 Rotherham
Line-ups last league game...
Rotherham (v Bolton Wanderers): Camp, Richardson, Broadfoot, Wood, Mattock, Burke (Green 69), Smallwood, Ward, Newell, Shinnie (Derbyshire 90+4), Ward (Clarke-Harris 76).
Subs not used: Cairns, Rawson, Dawson, Belaid.
Blues (v Sheffield Wednesday): Kuszczak, Caddis, Morrison, Robinson, Grounds, Gleeson, Kieftenbeld, Buckley (Vaughan 81), Toral (Fabbrini 71), Maghoma (Solomon-Otabor 83), Donaldson.
Subs not used: Legzdins, Spector, Davis, Shotton.
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Other Sky Bet Championship games this weekend...
Saturday 19 February
QPR V Fulham 12:30
Blackburn V Hull 15:00
Brighton V Bolton 15:00
Bristol City V Ipswich 15:00
Charlton V Cardiff 15:00
Derby V MK Dons 15:00
Nottm Forest V Huddersfield 15:00
Reading V Burnley 15:00
Sheff Wed V Brentford 15:00
Wolves V Preston 15:00