Three reasons Birmingham City will end Gary Rowett’s play-off dream

Derby County will look to keep their faint play-off hopes alive when manager Gary Rowett faces former side Birmingham City at St Andrew’s on Saturday.

The Rams kept in touch with the top six as they beat fellow contenders Fulham 4-2 at the Pride Park Stadium on Tuesday night – they are now seven points behind sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday with six matches of the Championship season remaining.

Rowett will know that his men will possibly have to win all of those to have a good chance of snatching a play-off spot, and Birmingham are the first team to stand in his way.

When the Midlands outfit sacked Rowett in December – despite the fact that they were just three points adrift of third place – there was a lot of shock in the football world as Gianfranco Zola quickly succeeded the 43-year-old at St Andrew’s.

While things haven’t gone brilliantly for the Italian so far, here are THREE reasons why Birmingham will end Rowett’s play-off dream this weekend…