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Three questions about Birmingham City before Fulham make the trip

Hopefully the league cup success and a few more days with Kit in charge can turn Fulham's season around. If you need an example of just how things can go wrong at a club, look no further than this weekend's opponent. Fulham need to avoid being in the position that they're in.

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Almajir of Often Partisan was kind enough to answer my questions about this fixture.

Cottagers Confidential: Times have been hard at Birmingham City with transfer embargoes and financial woes. Reasonably what do you expect from the squad this year?

Often Partisan: Staying up at the moment seems to be as much as we can hope for. The team is desperately short on quality and I think Clark's limitations prevent him from getting anything more out of the squad than what he is getting. Lose to you guys and he could be in real trouble job-wise.

CC: Many of our readers started following Fulham because of the history of American players at the squad. Right now Birmingham City have two Americans permanently and one on loan. How are they doing and how do the fans feel about them?

OP: Jonathan Spector is our longest serving outfield player, and although he has his detractors his versatility has been useful. His chief problem seems to be that he is made of glass because he does pick up injuries easily but at this moment in time he's looked like one of our better players. Brek Shea has been up and down since he started; he's got touches of promise but for his size he is bullied off the ball too easily. Will Packwood isn't getting the games he possibly should with the creaking Paul Robinson preferred as backup in central defense.

CC: If you could name one player on the squad Fulham supporters need to watch out for, who would it be?

OP: Demarai Gray. Young (18), quick, and a box of tricks. He's raw but he's come on leaps and bounds and while I think he'll come off the bench he can cause problems against defenses particularly tired legs.