The Season So Far
Birmingham City go into this game off the back of a shock 2-0 home defeat to Rotherham United at St Andrew’s on Saturday, who climbed out of the relegation zone. This now means The Blues have not won for four matches, including last week’s second city derby defeat in the Capital One Cup against Aston Villa at Villa Park.
They currently lie in ninth place in the Sky Bet Championship, ahead of three other clubs on goal difference [Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Queens Park Rangers]. St Andrew’s welcomed eight new faces in the summer, including Maikel Kieftenbeld [FC Groningen]; Jacques Maghoma [Sheffield Wednesday]; Nicolai Brock-Madsen [Randers FC] and short-term signing Shane Lowry [unattached]. Loan signing Jon Toral [Arsenal] returns to Griffin Park today for the first time since donning the red and white stripes last season.
The club also announced the permanent signing of Michael Morrison [Charlton Athletic] after a successful loan spell. The Blues completed a straight goalkeeping swap of two in and two out. Colin Doyle [Blackpool] and Darren Randolph [West Ham United] left, with Thomasz Kuszczak [Wolverhampton Wanderers] and Adam Legzdins [Leyton Orient] coming in. Striker Matt Green also departed for Mansfield Town upon release from his contract.
Former City player Gary Rowett has been in charge of The Blues for 11 months. The 41-year-old made the switch across the West Midlands from Burton Albion in October 2014, replacing Lee Clark.
With appearances for Derby County, Leicester City and Cambridge United, Rowett made the step into management after hanging up his boots with Burton. He was brought in to save his old club from the relegation places last season, and will be looking to further improve on their tenth place finish.
Brentford 1 Birmingham City 1 Sky Bet League One 23 August 2014.
The Match Officials
Referee: Keith Hill.
Assistant Referees: Ian Fissenden and Matt Foley.
Fourth Official: James Linington.
Visit the Birmingham City ticket information page for more details. You can hear live match commentary on Bees Player from 7.15pm tonight, with commentators Mark Burridge and Alan Denman.