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Preview: Wolves v Blues

We start again and Sunday's game is just another game where we have got to go there and try and win.

Gary Rowett
Gary Rowett on the need to quickly get over Tuesday's loss at Blackburn...
"We are getting to that point where we can't dwell on anything. We are in a fantastic position still. If we win our game on hand - obviously we won't see the benefit of that for a good few weeks yet, we are in the play-offs. If we had said that at the start of the season with the resources we have got, we would say it is an unbelievable season so far. That’s the position we are in, but it doesn't hide the disappointment when you have played so well on the Thursday night against Hull and then not performed in certain areas against Blackburn. As we know goals and decisions change the outcome of games, certainly from that point of view it's been disappointing. But we are asking a group to put in a performance like Hull and then to go again and put another performance in, which is an almighty ask. But that's where we are; we are at the stage of the season where we have got to demand that. We have got to move on very, very quickly."

Gary Rowett asked if Tuesday's loss against Blackburn would change the way Blues approached the Wolves game...
"It doesn’t change anything. I don't think there are any mindset changes at the moment. We are up there on merit, we are in a fantastic position, we have got to now appreciate every game is a must win, it's as simple as that. Whether that puts pressure on everything, the position you are in the table puts pressure on. You see teams up there with far bigger budgets than us and resources who are not handling it particularly well. It's not an easy situation to be in. But we have got everything to gain and nothing to lose. That's what I've said to the lads, we have almost got to go out there and feel like we can play with a bit of freedom. Perhaps once or twice we haven’t done that. But we start again and Sunday's game is just another game where we have got to go there and try and win."

Gary Rowett on how he wants his forward players to have more of a cutting edge...
"Against Blackburn we got into some terrific positions, but I don't think our forward players took enough responsibility and caused them enough problems. If you flipped it over, the Blackburn forwards caused us problems all evening. Without unbelievable service, Blackburn played a lot of balls down the side of the pitch, into space and forwards early. You have to make those balls into good balls and I thought their players did it far better than ours on the night. There have also been lots of opportunities in the last few games where we should have passed the ball better, so we have to play with more quality. We need to capitalise on the positions we get into and get more bodies around Clayton (Donaldson) in forward positions- but we also have to defend better when we do that. That's always the fine balance."

Gary Rowett on Blues having a game in hand on most teams around them...
"You would rather have the points in the bag. We have taken a bit of a gamble because our game in hand gives us three home games next month. The question for us will be can we still be in there at that point? Then that's going to be an incredibly big week, three home games in a week - one of those is our game in hand. The important bit for us now is to keep in the pack, keep trying to pick points up, then get into single figures of games left and see if we have got enough to get there. There are a lot of good teams up there, I think we are one of them, it's just whether we can put a little run of games in at this stage of the season."

Blues team news...
James Vaughan (calf) Nicolai Brock-Madsen (quad) are due to return to full training imminently, but are unlikely to be available for Sunday's fixture. Neal Eardley (cruciate ligament) is the only Blues player definitely out.

Ticket news...
Blues have sold out of their full allocation of 2,446 tickets.

Alcohol sales in the away end at Molineux...
Wolves have confirmed that Blues fans will be able to purchase alcohol from the bars in the away end on Sunday. However, this will only be up until the match kicks-off at 1.15pm. There will be no more sales after this time; including at half-time.

Match officials...
Referee Darren Drysdale will take charge of Sunday's local derby. So far this season the Lincolnshire-based official has refereed 27 games, where he has produced a total of 63 yellow cards and two reds. The last time he refereed a Blues match was our Championship home fixture against Charlton Athletic in November 2015. Blues lost that game 1-0 and no players from either side were booked. Mr Drysdale will be assisted by Jonathan Hunt and Paul Hodskinson.

Supporter behaviour...
The Club urges all supporters to refrain from anti-social behaviour and conduct themselves in the correct manner at all our games, inside and outside the ground. The overwhelming majority of our support is well behaved, law-abiding and the passionate backing the team receives is greatly appreciated. However, as a Club we have a zero tolerance policy in regard to anti-social behaviour and spectator misconduct. This includes - amongst other things - drunkenness, throwing of coins and use and carrying of pyrotechnics (flares, smoke bombs).In particular, the throwing of coins and other missiles is extremely dangerous and is not tolerated whatsoever. This is a very serious offence and any supporter identified to have committed this and other such acts will banned by the Club and also subject to the possibility of criminal prosecution. Birmingham City Football Club will continue to work closely with the police, football authorities and ground authorities to stamp out all types spectator misconduct. We would also like to remind supporters that if there are incidents of this nature in the future the Football Association have the power to impose a serious financial penalty on the Club and order matches to be played behind closed doors. The Club urges all supporters to assist us and help eradicate unlawful practices. Thank you.

Form guide - last five league games...
Wolves: LLWLW
Blues: DWLWL

Last five meetings between Wolves and Blues...
Championship 31 October 2015   Blues 0 - 2 Wolves     
Championship 11 April 2015   Blues 2 - 1 Wolves     
Championship 01 November 2014   Wolves 0 - 0 Blues     
Championship 01 April 2013   Blues 2 - 3 Wolves     
Championship 08 December 2012   Wolves 1 - 0 Blues   

Line-ups last league game...
Wolves (v Bristol City): Ikeme, Iorfa, Batth, Hause, Doherty, McDonald (Zyro 46), Byrne (Hunte 82), Coady, Saville, Helan, Mason (Enobakhare 85).
Subs not used:  Rowe, Price, Martinez, Deslandes.

Blues (v Blackburn Rovers): Kuszczak, Caddis, Morrison, Robinson, Grounds, Gleeson, Kieftenbeld (Fabbrini 46), Cotterill (Buckley 64), Toral, Maghoma (Solomon-Otabor 79), Donaldson.
Subs not used:  Legzdins, Spector, Davis, Shotton.

Betting...
If you want to place a bet on the game, use Sky Bet, the official sponsors of the Football League. A win for Wolves is priced at 7/5, the draw at 12/5 and a Blues victory at 15/8.

Other Sky Bet Championship games this weekend...
Saturday 12 March

Blackburn v Leeds 12:30
Bolton v Preston15:00
Cardiff v Ipswich15:00
Fulham v Bristol City15:00
Huddersfield v Burnley15:00
Hull V MK Dons15:00
Nottm Forest v Sheff Wed15:00
QPR v Brentford15:00
Rotherham v Derby15:00

Sunday 13 March 2016
Charlton v Middlesbrough 15:30

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