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Five things we learned from the Birmingham City press conference

Press Conference hot topics: Calderwood on Blues, Villa Park sell-out and local boys Gabby and Grealish Steve Bruce named Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month
Five things we learned from the Birmingham City press conference

It was another busy morning press conference earlier today, with all eyes now firmly focussed on this weekend's Second City Derby.

The local and national press were in attendance at Bodymoor Heath to get the views of Assistant Manager Colin Calderwood, and here's five key things to come out of his pre-Birmingham media briefing.

1) Calderwood relishing a sold-out Villa Park

It's fair to say Calderwood is looking forward to a packed out stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Our Assistant Manager tasted victory in this fixture for the first time last April, and is hungry for more of the same this time around.

"It was very exciting," he said. "Derbies are great to be a part of, but you've got to get the right result. That made it what it was.

"I'm looking forward to it, it'll be good to see the stadium full again.

"We've got great fans and away from home they're particularly good. We feel it when we're driving to the stadium on matchday.

"When it's a full house, we can feel them with us. The players deserve that."

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2) Grabban good to go

Having had the week to find his feet, Calderwood also said Lewis Grabban is well in the frame for squad selection this Sunday. 

The striker has found the net 12 times in 19 Sky Bet Championship games so far this season, and could have a key role to play if picked for a derby debut.

"He'll be there or thereabouts with regard to selection," our Assistant Manager added.

"He's slotted in well and is well-versed with adapting to a new dressing room. 

"I think he'll be a good addition for us."

3) Snoddy all clear

Robert Snodgrass should be fine for the Blues match, having come off with a minor groin issue against Burton last time out.

But the winger, who has six goals and nine assists to his name this term, should be fit and ready for Sunday. 

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4) Gabby has a role to play

Calderwood confirmed that derby icon Gabby Agbonlahor is 'in the manager's thoughts' for the weekend, but also hinted that he could play a part regardless.

Agbonlahor is no stranger to getting on the scoresheet against Blues, and will still be an influential presence this weekend.

"He's got a terrific record and Gabby, along with Jack, are the ones who really bring home what it means to the rest of the dressing room."

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5) Thoughts with the boss

A popular man with the media, the local and national press were keen to extend their sympathies to Steve Bruce on Thursday morning.

Their thoughts, alongside ours, remain with the manager at this difficult time.

Dan Connor
By @danconnor 8th February 2018