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2 June 2015

With Brighton & Hove Albion’s opponents for the 2015/16 Championship season now confirmed, the club’s media team will take a look at the Seagulls’ 23 opponents for the next campaign.

The first team to feature in our opposition focus series is Birmingham City.
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TOP GOALSCORER: Clayton Donaldson (16)


Following a turbulent start to the season with just two victories from their opening 14 league games, manager Lee Clark and assistant Steve Watson were relieved of their duties in October with the team languishing in 21st place.
But Clark’s departure did not lead to an immediate upturn in fortunes, as eventual champions Bournemouth thrashed the Blues 8-0 at St Andrew's with Malcom Crosby in caretaker charge of the side.
Former Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett was appointed as the new manager just two days later and City showed a gradual improvement as the campaign progressed, finishing 10th- the highest position they had occupied all season.
The team had two largely unremarkable runs in the FA Cup and Capital One Cup, after being eliminated in the fourth and second rounds respectively.
The Blues were given a stern test by League Two side Cambridge United in the Capital One Cup first round and eventually secured a 3-1 extra-time victory, before suffering a 3-0 defeat to Premier League Sunderland in round two.
The Midlanders narrowly avoided a potential banana skin in the FA Cup third round, following a 3-2 win over Northern Premier Division side Blyth Spartans, before exiting the competition with a 2-1 defeat to local rivals West Bromwich Albion.



Teixeira '8, '58
Calderon '50, '85

Donaldson '13
Thomas '76
Novak '90+1

Albion secured a crucial 4-3 victory over Birmingham City in a scintillating game at the Amex.
Liverpool loanee Joao Teixeira and Inigo Calderon scored a brace each as the Seagulls moved three points clear of the relegation zone.
The match also saw David Stockdale in inspired form, as the Albion shot-stopper made two crucial saves - including one to deny Paul Caddis from the penalty spot.
But the Blues more than contributed to a thrilling match thanks to strikes from Clayton Donaldson and Wayne Thomas, while a goal from Lee Novak in stoppage time set up a nervous finish for Chris Hughton’s side.  

Albion line-up: Stockdale; Bruno, Greer, Dunk, Bennett; Ince, Kayal (Stephens 73); Calderon, Teixeira (LuaLua 83), Baldock; Best (Mackail-Smith 60).

Subs not used: Walton (GK), Hughes, Ledesma, O'Grady.
Birmingham line-up: Randolph; Caddis, Spector, Robinson, Grounds; Gleeson, Kiernan (Reilly 78); Gray, Shinnie (Thomas 63), Dyer (Novak 63); Donaldson.
Subs not used: Doyle (GK), Arthur, Cotterill, Zigic.

Gary Rowett will be entering his first full season as Blues boss, hoping to build on a superb salvation job after taking the side from the relegation zone to a top-half finish.
This follows an impressive spell in charge at Burton, after leading the Brewers to two consecutive play-off finishes in League Two - including a narrow 1-0 defeat to Fleetwood Town in the 2014 final.
The 41-year-old has also had a distinguished playing career, appearing in the Premier League for Everton, Derby County, Leicester City and Charlton Athletic.

Birmingham will be looking to build on a solid 2014/15 campaign with a potential play-off push, after making significant strides since narrowly avoiding relegation to League One on the final day of the 2013/14 season.
The club’s fans will surely be delighted to have Rowett at the helm afrer he distanced himself from the Derby County managerial position, which has now been filled by Paul Clement.  
But there is still an air of uncertainty at St Andrew's with the current complicated ownership situation and nine players left the club at the end of last season, including Darren Randolph, who is set to join West Ham United.

Matt Green has gone back to his former club Mansfield, while loan stars Robert Tesche, Lloyd Dyer, Diego Fabbrini and Rob Kiernan have returned to their parent clubs.

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