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View From The Town End - Birmingham City

Birmingham City are the visitors to the Madejski Stadium tomorrow in a game moved to Sunday due to Birmingham's participation in the Europa League. Ahead of tomorrow's game Mike from Joys and Sorrows gave us his thoughts on their Europa League campaign and picks out the key players for tomorrow.

What have you made of your start to the season?

It's been better than expected. There were so many changes in personnel over the summer that it was predictable that we would have a slow start while the manager worked out his best team and players got to know each other. October was a great month though with four wins out of five in the league and one in the Europa Cup. Considering we have played three less games than most other sides I am happy with our current league position.

There's been some murmourings of financial trouble and dressing room unrest since relegation, are Birmingham coming out of the other side now?

The financial problems are still there but are more in the background now. It'll be a while before they are sorted but they are not affecting the ongoing performance on the pitch. I don't know where you get dressing room unrest from, we have the probably the happiest bunch of players we've had for a while. The team like playing for the manager and you can see that on the pitch. Even a player like Nikola Zigic who wanted to move in the summer have come out and said how much he is enjoying himself at Blues.

Will Europe derail a promotion charge or spur you on?

At the moment it is helping us but we are getting a bit behind in the league so there may be a knock on affect later on from having played so many games. It's definitely been good for the fans. The home games have all sold out and we took 6000 fans to Bruge.

What are your best memories of Reading v Birmingham?

Winning 2-1 on the last day of the season in 2009 which secured second place and promotion back to the Premier League.

And the worst?

The previous year where we lost 2-1 on a freezing cold day in March. It was particularly annoying as we did well to come back and equalise but then conceded the winner a few minutes later. That point would have kept us up.

Who should Reading look out for?

Chris Burke on the right has been one of the stars of our season. He is involved in most of our goals.

Who are Birmingham fans worried about?

Adam le Fondre has been your main goal threat but I remember Noel Hunt scoring against us in the past so I'll keep and eye on him.

Score Prediction

Reading seem to specialise in draws at home so I'll go for 1-1.

Thanks again to Mike and you can follow the guys from the site on Twitter @joysandsorrows