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PREVIEW: Birmingham (A)

3 December 2013

Rovers are back on the road on Tuesday night after the terrific win over promotion contenders QPR at the weekend.

Rovers are looking to wreak some revenge on Birmingham City who have taken the spoils in almost every game between the sides since 1954. 



Previous Encounter

When Rovers travelled to St Andrews in 2008 it was the first game between the sides for over 45 years, Rovers had made a decent start in their return to the Championship whilst the home side were looking to gain promotion to the top division after a good start to their Championship campaign.


Rovers started the game the brightest and were to dominate the early exchanges as the hosts struggled to contain the attacking threat of the team from South Yorkshire. Frustration was clearly building amongst the home players and after just 24 minutes, Mehdi Nafti clattered into James Coppinger recklessly and the referee, Gavin Ward, had no choice but to send the Blues player for an early bath.  


Rovers continued to dominate and arguably should have been in front as the sides left the field for the half time break. 


Blues manager Alex McCleish replaced Kevin Phillips with Marcus Bent and the striker was to have an instant impact, netting after just 42 seconds of the second half. It was a hammer blow to the visitors who deserved more.  


Brian Stock forced Maik Taylor into a fine diving stop as he shot from distance as Rovers continued to have the lion’s share of possession. Rovers continued to test Taylor in the home goal and Darren Byfield went close to netting the equaliser but again Taylor was there to make a fine stop. 


Birmingham may have thought they’d get an easy ride from the visitors but it wasn’t to be but they were able to hold onto their lead until the final whistle but it was an indication of just how far Rovers had come in such a short space of time.


Statistics v Birmingham 

Rovers go into the game looking for their first win at St Andrews in almost 60 years, but after last weekend’s victory over QPR anything is possible. 

Expect goals on Tuesday night as 15 goals have been scored in the last 5 games between the two teams.  


Sky Bet Latest Odds

Football League sponsors Sky Bet have Birmingham as the favourites going into Tuesday night's clash. 

Birmingham 5/6

Draw 12/5

Doncaster Rovers 16/5 


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*Odds correct as of 1/12/13


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