Middlesbrough manager Chris Wilder on what to expect from Birmingham City, makes Lee Bowyer claim

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Birmingham are looking to make it three games unbeaten with play-off chasing Middlesbrough standing in their way.

Middlesbrough manager Chris Wilder is expecting a physical test from Birmingham City when his side visit St Andrew’s on Tuesday evening.

The former Sheffield United boss believes Lee Bowyer is implementing a style alike that of how he was as a player at the Blues and in doing so is building a team full of fight.

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Chris Wilder's side are predicted to finish on the same points and the same goal difference as QPR...Chris Wilder's side are predicted to finish on the same points and the same goal difference as QPR...
Chris Wilder's side are predicted to finish on the same points and the same goal difference as QPR...

Speaking ahead of the game, Wilder gave his thoughts on all things Birmingham.

“Very competitive under Lee,” he said when asked what he’s made of Blues’ season so far.

“It’s not the easiest place in the world to manage in the Championship at times.

“He’ll have his issues like everybody sort of has, all sort of different issues.

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“You look at the group, they’ve got some good players. They’ve got some experienced Championship players. They’ve got some really good loan signings in there, some good young players coming through as well.

“And you’ve got a manager that’s had a top career and will want to mirror that top career from a playing point of view as a manager.

“He obviously got off to a fabulous start at Charlton and got his move at Birmingham City and he’d like to replicate that but I should imagine, usually the characteristics of a player will shine through on your team.

“They will be competitive, they will be physical. They will want to head, tackle and win races and we’ve got to certainly match that and be up for the fight.”

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