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Dobbie: Beware Birmingham backlash
Stephen Dobbie has warned Albion to beware of a backlash from Birmingham at The Amex tonight.
The Seagulls have the chance to consolidate their Championship lead, with another home game to follow against struggling Ipswich on Tuesday.
Injury-hit Birmingham were trounced 5-0 by Barnsley at St Andrew’s in front of the Sky cameras last Saturday but Dobbie is guarding against a response to that humiliation from Lee Clark’s side.
The Scot, in contention for his full debut, said: “There always will be. I think every manager gets the team going after that kind of defeat but we are playing well and we are high on confidence. It’s a matter of trying to maintain that.
“We have got two games at home coming up and if we win the first one we’ve got a good chance of winning the second one as well.”
Albion could be playing catch-up in the 5.30pm kick-off against the club former Swansea striker Dobbie nearly joined last season when Chris Hughton was in charge.
Huddersfield, Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool will leapfrog them if they win their afternoon games.
Dobbie, who scored his last goal against Birmingham in the play-offs in May, said: "Before I went to Blackpool I had an opportunity to maybe go on loan there but then, when Blackpool came in, it was a no-brainer because it was closer to home and I knew what they were all about.
"It's a massive club. They are going through a little sticky patch just now. Hopefully we can continue our good form."
Albion's home game against Watford on December 29 is now a 5.20pm kick-off for Sky coverage.