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Wolves form no surprise - Carsley

Lee Carsley
Carsley believes Blues will be grinding results out all season

Birmingham City captain Lee Carsley says the form of Championship leaders Wolves is no real revelation to him.

The midfielder will try to help Blues close the gap at the top when the two sides meet at Molineux on Saturday.

"It doesn't really surprise me because Mick McCarthy's a very good manager," Carsley told BBC WM.

"I've worked with him with the Ireland team and what he did with us was fantastic. The fact they're playing so well doesn't surprise me."

Wolves are six points clear at the top of the Championship table, while second-placed Birmingham are further six points in front of Reading who are third.

I don't think we're going to play outstanding football, but we're going to win the majority of our games

Blues skipper Lee Carsley

Even so, the Blues players have come in for some criticism for their style of play so far this term.

"I think it's going to be the story of the season to be honest, it's going to be a grind," Carsley admitted.

"I don't think we're going to play outstanding football or pass teams of the pitch, but we're going to win the majority of our games.


"Personally I don't feel I have to be entertaining, but that's not my style of play. We have got players in the team that will get the fans off their seats and it's up to the likes of myself to get the ball to those players."

After relegation from the Premier League in May, Blues have been one of the teams other sides in the Championship having been gunning for, so Carsley is relishing a match against the league leaders.

"I think we are underdogs. Wolves are playing very well, scoring goals and top of the league," he said.

"We're not far behind, I think we're in a bit of form ourselves."

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