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BIRM­ING­HAM may have been beaten by Rother­ham but that shouldn’t de­tract from what a great job Gary Rowett has done.

When he ar­rived from Bur­ton last sea­son, he looked at the sys­tem and said ‘You know what, we haven’t got the best play­ers here. But we’re go­ing to be or­gan­ised, hard to beat and with the pace in wide ar­eas, we can nick wins’.

That’s ex­actly what he’s done. They break at ter­rific pace with the likes of De­marai Gray and David Cot­ter­ill, they’ve got a good holdup man in Clay­ton Don­ald­son. It’s sim­ple, but it works.

My only con­cern is that they’ll strug­gle against teams who sit deep. Rotheram ba­si­cally said ‘OK, come at us’ and they couldn’t.

But away from home, where the onus is on the other side to force the pace, they’ll be a mas­sive threat to any­one.

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