Date: 21st September 2015 at 8:55am
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Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett is more than happy with the way his team have started the season. The Midlands team have taken unexpected points from very tough fixtures, proving they can contest with the best the Championship has to offer.

Rowett told

‘In terms of our performances, that’s three games in front of the cameras now – away at Burnley, home to Derby, away at Ipswich – three games you will do [well] to take anything from. We potentially could have won all three games.

‘Really pleased where we are at the moment.

‘We have only lost one game in nine in all competitions, add the four on how we finished last season, and we’re in a really good place.’

Birmingham City’s expectations, from within the squad, were to be top 6 or there about come the end of the season. All of the interviews prior to that first kick off were of confident players asking ‘why not?’

Well the team have kicked on and have gone some way to convincing the wider public and the fans that they can expect a season in the top half of the division.

This season is going to be incredibly tough for all of the Championship’s hopefuls. Even some teams with modest budgets such as Birmingham and Ipswich now have put together squads that will not roll over at the sight of Derby or other feared outfits.

But with the vast amount of quality finding its way into the top of the Championship, the difference between finishing within the play-offs and outside of the mix-up could well be very slim indeed.

Birmingham are setting the Championship aside, albeit temporarily, as they focus on a huge derby game with Aston Villa tomorrow night.

Where do you think this Blues team could finish?

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