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Preview: Blues v Bristol City

The owners, I can go to them and if I find the right players they will back me, I have no doubts. They are really ambitious.

Harry Redknapp

A full match preview ahead of Blues opening St. Andrew's Sky Bet Championship game, against Bristol City, Saturday, 12 August (kick-off
3pm).

Harry Redknapp on the qualities of the visitors
“They’re lively, they’re a sharp team. They have brought in the boy who played with Ndoye at Angers last year (Famara Diédhiou).
"They’ve started well. Lee Johnson has got a good squad, four good centre-halves to choose from. He took Baker from Villa for three-and-a-half million.
“They have built a good team. I think they will have a good season, Bristol City.”

Harry Redknapp on what he wants from Blues
“Two home games (Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday to come), we need to pick up points.
"I thought we did OK at Ipswich Town in the first-half. I felt we would go onto win it. It didn't happen, but the lads gave everything they could.
"I want the same attitude we saw at Ipswich and the other night (in the Carabao Cup defeat of Crawley Town)."

Harry Redknapp on the St. Andrew's support
“I’ve only had one home league game here that was Huddersfield Town.
“It was fantastic, the atmosphere. We need the same. Whether it’s going well, whether it’s not, if the supporters stay with us it’s a massive help."

Harry Redknapp on Blues squad
“I’ve never said we want to replace this one or that one. It’s competition for places.
“If you are going to be successful you need maybe seven, eight defenders because you get injuries. You need four centre-halves really. You can’t go with three because you will always get injuries and suspensions; someone will get an injury and they’re out for months. Please God it doesn’t happen to us but we had Michael Morrison last season who was out for a long spell and we missed him.
“So you need four centre-halves, you need cover at full-back – everywhere, basically.
“You need four strikers. If things aren’t going well in a game you need to be able to go ‘OK, bang! I will bring these two on and they will give the opposition a different problem’.
“Again, you get injuries and whatever. But you need four strikers.
“It’s not a case of people not getting to play, it’s up to them.
“The group here, if someone is playing well and we bring somebody in for whom we pay decent money, it doesn’t mean they have then got to play; whoever is playing the best will play.”

Harry Redknapp on Blues in the transfer window
“We will spend. I’m not in a situation where people are saying ‘no’. The owners, I can go to them and if I find the right players they will back me, I have no doubts. They are really ambitious.
“I’m in a lucky situation, really, that I have got them there ready to back me up. They want to see Birmingham be very successful this year and they know we need to improve the squad and they’re willing to do that.
“In the meantime we have got a good group here and we need to get a couple of results and keep pushing on. If we can do that and improve the squad we have got every chance.”

Harry Redknapp on his new signings so far
“Anyone I bring in, with a bit of luck, will do well.
“I’m not going to bring people in you want to get rid of and you have to pay up to go.
“The ‘keeper’s different class, Roberts is a player with a big future in my opinion. He’s only going to get better. He’s got everything to be a top, top centre-half.
“Ndoye, he gets around the pitch. His stats last week were incredible. Mick McCarthy rang me and said ‘my God I have just looked at the stats on the game . . . the ground he covered . . . ‘.
“He is only going to get fitter and better. He will be a big asset to us.”

Blues team news
Josh Dacres-Cogley is fit again after sustaining an ankle injury in the Kidderminster Harriers friendly.
Cheick Keita (groin) remains sidelined, as does Lukas Jutkiewicz, who could be fit for Tuesday's home game against Bolton Wanderers, however.

Bristol City team news
Joe Bryan may miss out due to an ankle injury. His chances have been rated as '60/40'. Milan Djuric and Matty Taylor (both groin) are still on the sidelines.
Bristol City are waiting on international clearance for Swedish winger Niclas Eliasson.

Key stat
Blues are unbeaten in their last 13 league games against Bristol City, winning 10, including the last three at St. Andrew's

Watch or listen
BluesTV will be broadcasting live from St. Andrew's.
UK & Ireland customers will be able to listen to live commentary of the game.
INTERNATIONAL subscribers can watch the match exclusively live on BluesTV.

 

Ticket details
Supporters can pay on the gate at Kop entrances 5, 6 & 7. Click here for full ticketing details. 

Match officials
Referee: Darren Bond. Assistants: Jonathan Hunt, Mark Jones. Fourth official: Mark Heywood.

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 regarding anti-social behaviour and spectator misconduct. This includes - amongst other things - drunkenness, throwing of coins and use and carrying of pyrotechnics (flares, smoke bombs), racist and/or homophobic chanting. 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 be banned by the Club and 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.

Important safety advice
Blues have been working closely with the police and the EFL, over the summer, to review security at St. Andrew's. Now we are asking you to do your bit.
Following the dreadful Manchester Arena bombing in May, stadium managers from clubs have been briefed by counter terrorism police.
It is vital that everyone - players, staff and supporters - remain vigilant and report any concerns to stewards or police.

Attacks might be rare, and the chance of you being caught up in one unlikely, but the message is #ActionCountersTerrorism.

Here's a quick reminder of what you can do to help keep yourself and others safe:
• Arrive early, allowing more time for security checks
• Minimise what you carry, fewer bag searches will speed up entry to the ground
• Be vigilant at all times and if you see anything suspicious, tell a steward right away
• If you see anything that could pose an immediate threat to safety, call 999
• In an emergency, listen to the Public Address instructions and follow them
• If told to evacuate, do so immediately, do not wait around to film events on your mobile
• Move right away from the stadium as quickly as possible for your safety and to allow clear access for any emergency vehicles
• Once you are safe, follow the local police force on Twitter for updates

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