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Phil Cartwright

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  1. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Gary Rowett

    So that's about it from me today, on the day Gary Rowett began his reign as Birmingham City manager with a point against local rivals Wolves. A more than satisfactory start for the new man at St Andrew's.

    Wolves fans can enjoy seeing their side top of the Championship table, for a few hours at least, but will reflect on missed second-half opportunities on a frustrating day for Wanderers.

    Thanks for your company. Sorry I couldn't bring you any goals.

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    Tim Arstall: Probably the most pleased I've ever been with a 0-0, positive signs for Blues.

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  3. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham City

    Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett told Sky Sports:

    "Credit to Birmingham. They got behind the ball and had a good shape. I felt that clear-cut chances were at a premium. I thought that one goal would be enough but it wasn't to be."

  4. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett told Sky Sports:

    "We wanted a solid base. We felt that we had to make a quick change and, having brought him in I thought Michael Morrison came and did really well for us, as did Paul Robinson.

    "I told the players I'm not interested in what has happened before. They've all got a chance to start again. I think that's really important for them."

  5. Football on the BBC

    Final Score is about to get under way on the BBC Red Button (14:30 GMT) and online.

    BBC WM 95.6 listeners can hear live commentary of Leicester v West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League from 15:00 GMT.

    Later, there's highlights of all today's football from across the country in Match of the Day (22:20 GMT, BBC One) and the Football League Show (23:45 GMT).

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  6. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Hands up who said 0-0 at the start? Well, that was the first time Wolves had failed to score at Molineux this season, and the first time Blues had kept a clean sheet. So 0-0 was a surprising final scoreline as far as the stats are concerned.

  7. Get involved

    Wolves fans - you are top of the league for the time being but was that two points dropped?

    Birmingham fans - how are you feeling after Gary Rowett's first game in charge?

    Get involved and send us your views.

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  8. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    It was frustrating afternoon for Wolves. They never seemed to get going until the introductions of Bakary Sako, Dave Edwards and later Yannick Sagbo from the bench. Edwards came closest to a goal, hitting the crossbar with a chip over Darren Randolph in the second half.

    Kenny Jackett's men are top of the Championship but there must be concerns about their lack of firepower if top-scorer Sako and Nouha Dicko, who missed this game through injury, are unavailable.

  9. Post update

    Mike Taylor

    BBC WM Sport

    "Honour restored for Birmingham City after their humiliation last week. Their new manager Gary Rowett has organised them and it's an important first step on the road to recovery.

    "Can Wolves achieve great things without their two star men, Nouha Dicko and Bakary Sako? That might be a discussion point after this match."

  10. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    No doubt that Birmingham City will be the happier of the two sides after a goalless draw at Molineux. They remain third from bottom but are a point from safety and have restored some pride, a week on from their 8-0 humbling at home by Bournemouth.

    Credit too to goalkeeper Darren Randolph, who kept a clean sheet and made some top saves as Wolves searched for a winner late on.

  11. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    It's all over at Molineux. Gary Rowett has a point in his first game as manager of Birmingham City, and Wolves go top of the Championship, for a few hours at least.

  12. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    More last-ditch defending keeps out a host of Wolves shots. Paul Caddis made the final block from a Bakary Sako effort and is then booked for an earlier tug on the shirt of the Mali international.

  13. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Wolves winger James Henry is down with cramp, and Birmingham won't mind too much about that. Anything to kill the game off that little bit more.

  14. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Callum Reilly blocks a Wolves cross out for a throw-in an attacking position for Wolves. Blues players putting their bodies on the line at the end of this one.

  15. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Big chance missed for Wolves, and more good goalkeeping by Darren Randolph. James Henry is found in acres of space down the right and Randolph uses his foot to keep out Henry's angled drive. The rebound falls to Bakary Sako, who shanks a volley over. Three minutes of added time to play.

  16. Post update

    Mel Eves

    Ex-Wolves striker and BBC WM summariser

    "Wolves haven't really done enough, but they've probably had the better openings. Darren Randolph has done well in goal, while Paul Robinson has showed his experience at the back."

  17. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    The travelling Blues fans produce another rendition of "Keep Right On" from the away end. They're happy with what they've seen from the early days of the Gary Rowett era. They're four minutes and added time away from a well-earned point at Molineux.

  18. Post update

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport at Molineux

    "Wolves have sure woken up since Bakary Sako and Dave Edwards came on.

    "Edwards' neat left-foot chop clipped the top of the bar and he was also twice denied by keeper Darren Randolph, while Sako's low cross was somehow allowed to pass across the face of goal.

    "And Carl Ikeme had to be alert to keep out a header from Jonathan Grounds.

    "But it's starting to look like Molineux's first goalless draw of the season."

  19. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    James Henry puts in another cross from the Wolves right and Yannick Sagbo pokes it over at the back post. A bit more energy from Wolves since their substitutes came on, but they've yet to find a way past a resolute Blues defence.

  20. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Birmingham substitute Wes Thomas is booked for a sliding tackle on Ethan Ebanks-Landell. Seven minutes left.

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    Tim Arstall: The 8-0 loss may well have been collateral damage during a transition for long-term gain.

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  22. Leeds appoint Redfearn

    Neil Redfearn

    Some breaking news from elsewhere in the Championship. Leeds United have confirmed the appointment of academy coach Neil Redfearn as their third head coach of the season.

    Redfearn, who has signed a 12-month rolling contract, will take charge of his first match as full-time boss away at Cardiff today.

  23. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Birmingham winger David Cotterill puts in a free-kick but goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is safely behind it and launches another attack.

  24. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Big claims for a Wolves corner as Dave Edwards heads over from a James Henry cross, but a goal kick is given. More impetus in Wolves' play now, but is there enough time for them to force a winner?

  25. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    You sense this one is destined to end goalless. Another shot from distance by Wolves midfielder Kevin McDonald curls well wide.

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  26. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Some hesitancy in the Wolves defence but they scramble clear to David Davis, who puts a shot well over. Wolves make their final change as Hull loanee Yannick Sagbo replaces Leon Clarke, who was booked in the last few moments for persistent fouling.

  27. Post update

    Martin O'Connor

    Ex-Birmingham captain and BBC WM summariser

    "Clayton Donaldson looks a bit tired now. It's not easy, what's he's been asked to do. He's worked unbelievably hard and led the line well but now I think Wes Thomas might be able to come on and change things."

  28. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Gary Rowett's last throw of the dice is to bring on Wes Thomas for Clayton Donaldson. Can he make the difference?

  29. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Leon Clarke is oh so close to opening the scoring. More great play by Bakary Sako, who drills the ball across the face of goal and the onrushing Clarke can't divert it into the net.

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    BBC WM 95.6's Richard Wilford: Henry starting to give Grounds more of a hard time, game finally opening up.

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  31. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Both sides have one more substitution remaining. Some crucial decisions ahead for Kenny Jackett and Gary Rowett.

  32. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Off the woodwork! Dave Edwards picks up a Leon Clarke lay-off and tries to chip Darren Randolph, but the Welshman hits the crossbar. Wolves inches away from the opener.

  33. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    More pressure from wide areas for Wolves. This time a right-wing cross picks out Leon Clarke but the striker heads over.

  34. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Lee Evans

    Now then, who wants to win this local derby? Only 20 minutes left at Molineux.

  35. Post update

    Martin O'Connor

    Ex-Birmingham captain and BBC WM summariser

    "I felt that Andrew Shinnie was getting lost in the game. He looked tired and he wasn't affecting the game, either offensively or defensively. Let's see if Callum Reilly can have an impact."

  36. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Two saves from Darren Randolph, who conceded eight times last weekend remember, ensure this one remains goalless with a quarter of the game to go. Bakary Sako's cross is palmed away and a header from Dave Edwards is tipped over for a corner. Sako is always a threat and has been since he emerged from the bench.

  37. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    The free-kick comes to nothing and Blues make their second change as Callum Reilly replaces Andrew Shinnie in the midfield.

  38. Post update

    Mel Eves

    Ex-Wolves striker and BBC WM summariser

    "That was a good strike from McDonald. He kept it down and it almost took a touch on the way through. I think the game has come to life. It's really picked up."

  39. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Bakary Sako's delivery is cleared to the edge of the box and Kevin McDonald, whose 25-yard drive fizzes wide. Wolves have picked up the pace, but no reward yet. Now a free-kick for Blues at the other end as Danny Batth fouls Clayton Donaldson.

  40. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Free-kick for Wolves, for a foul by Jonathan Grounds on James Henry. A chance for Bakary Sako to whip one into the box. Before that, Brek Shea is on for Koby Arthur, who has been impressive for the visitors today.

  41. Post update

    Martin O'Connor

    Ex-Birmingham captain and BBC WM summariser

    "That was a great header from Grounds and a good delivery from David Cotterill. The game has really started to open up now."

  42. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Brilliant goalkeeping at the other end from Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme. Jonathan Grounds - you can't keep him out of the action - climbs highest at a corner and Ikeme dives to his right to push his header away from danger. Clayton Donaldson has another shot saved soon after. Still we wait for that elusive first goal in the derby.

  43. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Excellent work from Wolves full-back Matt Doherty, who runs Jonathan Grounds ragged down the right touchline and puts in a teasing cross which is expertly gathered by goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

  44. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Wolves have been the better side since half-time at a sunny Molineux. Should they have had a penalty? Debatable. No doubt it struck the hand of Jonathan Grounds, but it would have been a harsh one given his proximity to James Henry's delivery.

  45. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Bakary Sako

    OptaJoe: 4 - Bakary Sako has scored in his last four appearances for @OfficialWolves. Run.

    Could he be the game-changer?

  46. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Appeals for a Wolves penalty turned down. James Henry's cross hits the arm of Jonathan Grounds from close range and his second cross is palmed clear by Darren Randolph. Two changes for Wolves - Bakary Sako and Dave Edwards are on for Michael Jacobs and Liam McAlinden.

  47. Post update

    Mel Eves

    Ex-Wolves striker and BBC WM summariser

    "Birmingham City have set themselves up very well. The longer the game goes on, they will create things on the break as well.

    "Wolves have upped the tempo since the break but the touches and subtle stuff that they try and do are not going well."

  48. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    The home crowd have lifted the noise levels inside Molineux and Wolves have responded with a little more urgency in their play. Kevin McDonald sends a shot well over, and as Blues break, a combination of Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Danny Batth concede a corner which is cleared to safety.

  49. Post update

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport at Molineux

    Koby Arthur

    "Blues have to be the happier of the two sides on their first-half showing.

    "Wolves fans are surely just waiting for the introduction of top scorer Bakary Sako, who was left on the bench as he is not 100% fit.

    "Interesting choice of half-time soup in the Molineux press room, by the way.

    "Chicken? For a derby game? I don't think so!!!"

  50. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Muted penalty appeals by Birmingham are waved away as Wolves centre-back Ethan Ebanks-Landell tackles Andrew Shinnie inside the box.

  51. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    No changes for either side at the break. Blues attacking the newly-redeveloped Stan Cullis Stand in this second half.

  52. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Wolves' injured striker Nouha Dicko speaking to Sky Sports at half-time:

    "I think we are disappointed not to be in front. It's an important game for us.

    "The manager will tell us to try to keep our shape, as in the first half we have rushed, but he will say to keep playing our game and the goal will come."

    On his injury: "It's a minor one - I hope to be back for Tuesday (against Ipswich) but it will be tight."

  53. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Both sides are back out on the field once more and we're going again at Molineux. Live commentary continues on BBC WM 95.6, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online via the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page.

  54. Football on the BBC

    Still to come on BBC WM 95.6 this afternoon, once we're all done at Molineux, there's coverage of Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League and Notts County v Walsall in League One from 15:00 GMT.

    Follow all of today's games on Final Score from 14:30 GMT on the BBC Red Button and 16:00 GMT on BBC One. You can see highlights and all of the goals from today's Premier League games on Match of the Day (BBC One, Saturday, 22:20 GMT), followed by the Football League Show (23:45 GMT).

  55. Get involved

    So, what did you make of that first half? No goals yet at Molineux, but plenty to talk about.

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  56. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Lots for Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett to ponder at half-time. Without the injured Nouha Dicko, the promotion chasers have looked a little toothless in attack. Leon Clarke and Liam McAlinden haven't had much service and I doubt it will be long before we see top scorer Bakary Sako introduced from the bench.

  57. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Job done so far for Birmingham City. Coming into this one, Blues were big underdogs, but new manager Gary Rowett has had the desired effect. They were 3-0 behind and down to 10 men at this stage last weekend against Bournemouth, so to be level at Molineux at the break is a real step forward.

  58. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    The half-time whistle blows at Molineux and it's still goalless.

  59. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Jonathan Grounds heads a deep cross from Tommy Rowe out for a Wolves corner. Danny Batth, up from the back, heads the ball into the mix but Bimingham clear upfield. One minute of added time to come.

  60. Post update

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport at Molineux

    "For all their well-chronicled troubles at St Andrew's of late, which sunk to new depths with last weekend's record 8-0 home defeat by Bournemouth, Blues are pretty decent on the road.

    "They have won nine away matches over the last 12 months - and they are certainly well in this one approaching half-time.

    "After Wolves' early dominance, Blues are now starting to create openings - and Clayton Donaldson and Koby Arthur (twice) have fired shots just off target at the South Bank end."

  61. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Koby Arthur

    Half-time approaching - can either side find a breakthrough in the derby before the interval?

  62. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Another decent spell of forward play from Birmingham, but no end product as the ball deflects wide off Andrew Shinnie for a Wolves goal kick.

  63. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    David Davis is the first man booked as the Birmingham midfielder goes in on Leon Clarke and then Lee Evans. I think it's more for persistent fouling rather than that incident itself. That brings ironic cheers from the Molineux crowd, given Davis's Wolves connections.

  64. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    As Martin O'Connor says, Birmingham certainly have bounced back well from last weekend's desperate display against Bournemouth and that horrible 8-0 home defeat. Saying that, could this performance have been any worse than that? The visitors attack again but it comes to nothing.

  65. Post update

    Martin O'Connor

    Ex-Birmingham captain and BBC WM summariser

    "Whatever Gary Rowett has said or done in the last few days, I think he's had an impact straight away."

  66. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Quick break from Wolves earns a corner but it could have been so much more. The ball breaks for Leon Clarke and, despite having James Henry free in support, he goes himself and his shot is deflected behind. From the corner, the ball lands outside the box at the feet of Tommy Rowe, who balloons an effort well over.

  67. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    The corner is cleared easily enough by Wolves but they are unable to find Liam McAlinden, who is becoming increasingly isolated in this game, and Birmingham have possession back on half-way.

  68. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    As things stand, Wolves will be top of the Championship at full-time, a point ahead of Derby, Watford and Norwich. Blues, who win a corner off left-back Tommy Rowe, would remain in the bottom three.

  69. Get involved

    BBC WM 95.6's Richard Wilford: Feels like #wwfc let #bcfc off the hook early on, Blues settling in a bit more now despite lack of punch in midfield.

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  70. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Remember, you can listen live to this game by clicking on the Live Coverage tab at the top of the page, or by using one of those old-fashioned things called a radio. It's live on BBC WM 95.6 and BBC 5 live sports extra.

  71. Post update

    Martin O'Connor

    Ex-Birmingham captain and BBC WM summariser

    "That's two chances for Blues now but they haven't made the goalkeeper work. You've got to take your chances. It was sloppy from Wolves."

  72. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    As I say that, Clayton Donaldson squanders the best chance of the game so far. Kevin McDonald is robbed of the ball in a dangerous area and the Blues striker, under pressure from McDonald, shoots wide from 18 yards. Will the visitors regret that later on?

  73. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Kevin McDonald

    We're about a quarter of the way through the West Midlands derby at Molineux and it's still goalless. Wolves have been unable to do much with the possession they've had and Birmingham, although they haven't offered a massive amount going forward, look safe enough at the back.

  74. Post update

    Mel Eves

    Ex-Wolves striker and BBC WM summariser

    "Wolves have had some possession but it's to no effect. They're not doing things quickly enough or at a smart enough tempo. It's too easy for Blues to keep Wolves out at the moment."

  75. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    David Cotterill's free-kick is only headed as far as Koby Arthur, who drives a shot from a tight angle into the side-netting.

  76. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Wolves captain Danny Batth shepherds Birmingham striker Clayton Donaldson out of play for a goal-kick, leading to a frustrated reaction from Donaldson, who throws the ball down in disgust. He's not had much in the way of service so far. Maybe a chance for Blues here though, as Koby Arthur wins a set-piece in a dangerous area.

  77. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    A good run from Michael Jacobs down the left wins a corner for Wolves. Darren Randolph punches James Henry's flag-kick clear and, when the ball is returned into the box, there are about seven Wolves players offside.

  78. Post update

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport at Molineux

    "A very poorly observed minute's silence by a small minority at Molineux, to mark the forthcoming Remembrance Week.

    "Small factions in both Blues and Wolves sections of the ground fail to show due respect and are only silenced by The Last Post, played by a lone trumpeter, before shouting obscenities at each other at the conclusion of the minute.

    "But, when the game gets started, it's controlled aggression out on the park as both sides get stuck in. Wolves are looking the more dangerous early on."

  79. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    A moment to forget for Kevin McDonald as the Wolves midfielder's crossfield pass ends up in the stand, rather than at the feet of one of his team-mates. The pace of the game is quickening, but still no goals.

  80. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Gary Rowett

    Andrew Shinnie sees a diving header fly well over but that's a moment of optimism for Birmingham. Wolves have had a lot of possession but have yet to seriously test Blues keeper Darren Randolph. New Blues boss Gary Rowett will be fairly content with how things have gone for his team thus far.

  81. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    David Davis leaves a mark on his former Wolves team-mate Liam McAlinden and the hosts have a free-kick on half-way. Another shot lacking pace from Michael Jacobs is gathered safely by Randolph.

  82. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    There's a stoppage in play while Birmingham's ex-Wolves midfielder Stephen Gleeson receives treatment. When play resumes, Wolves clear a free-kick and Liam McAlinden runs at Paul Robinson. Despite his ageing legs, the Blues skipper forces youngster McAlinden wide and his shot is a tame one which Darren Randolph saves easily.

  83. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    It's an unfamiliar set-up for Wolves today, with Leon Clarke and Liam McAlinden up front as a pair. Kenny Jackett has usually employed Nouha Dicko as a lone striker and three in support behind him, but it's very much 4-4-2 for Wanderers today. As for Blues, Clayton Donaldson is up there on his own and he'll be doing his best to worry Danny Batth and Ethan Ebanks-Landell in the Wolves defence.

  84. Post update

    Martin O'Connor

    Ex-Birmingham captain and BBC WM summariser

    "(Birmingham right-back) Paul Caddis has got to talk to Koby Arthur, defensively. He's a young lad. Even now, at this early stage of the game, you can see Wolves are trying to affect Blues down that side of the pitch."

  85. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    David Cotterill's left-wing cross tamely goes through to Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme. At the other end, Leon Clarke's header forces a save from Darren Randolph and the hosts have the first corner - which comes to nothing.

  86. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Birmingham full-back Paul Caddis makes a well-timed tackle inside the box to rob Michael Jacobs of the ball and Blues have their first spell of possession.

  87. Get involved

    Nathan Lloyd: Sako on the bench & no Dicko, this could be a tight game, war of attrition.

    Matthew Butlin: Been up since 6am excited about the Rowett era starting at Blues. Wish the guy all the best.

    Craig Gundersen: What a first game for Rowett to have to play! I'm going for 1-1.

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  88. Wolves 0-0 Birmingham

    Wolves are attacking the old North Bank in the first half and have made early inroads with a couple of throw-ins high up the field on the right-hand touchline. They like to keep the ball for long spells and they've started with that intent today.

  89. Kick-off

    Both sides have left the centre circle after the minute's silence and have congregated into their respective huddles. They break, and Wolves get us under way at Molineux.

  90. Post update

    With Remembrance Sunday fast approaching, we're going to have a minute's silence at Molineux.

  91. Close to kick-off

    The two sides have made their way onto the field and someone has turned the noise levels up inside Molineux to 11. The familiar strains of "Hi Ho Silver Lining" are ringing around the stadium. Gary Rowett is in the visitors' dugout for the first time, dressed in a smart blue jumper and club tie.

  92. Close to kick-off

    The atmosphere at Molineux is really starting to crackle as kick-off in this West Midlands derby quickly approaches. Well done to our commentary team, who have battled to be heard against the backdrop of a performing brass band in the build-up, but they've come through unscathed!

  93. Get involved

    Simon via text: "Can't be at the game, but I'm thinking there will be a huge response from the Blues, which may not translate to points, but hopefully into a good performance and a sign of things looking upwards."

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  94. Team news reminder

    Ged Scott

    BBC Sport at Molineux

    "Leon Clarke makes his only third league start this season for Wolves and will start up front alongside Liam McAlinden, who was recalled from his loan at Fleetwood this week.

    "Top scorer Bakary Sako only makes the bench, while rumours of a midweek injury scare over Nouha Dicko now appear to be true - as he is not even named among the substitutes.

    "New loan signing Michael Morrison, joining from Charlton Athletic on Friday, comes in for his Blues debut, while Andrew Shinnie and Wolves old boy David Davis are restored to the midfield."

  95. Post update

    Martin O'Connor

    Ex-Birmingham captain and BBC WM summariser

    "It's a good game to be involved in. A real derby. And it's about desire, aggression and who wants it most on the day.

    "Wolves have had some good performances this season, but, for whatever reason, Blues do seem to play better away from home and I'm hoping they go out there and show they want it more than Wolves."

  96. Post update

    Mel Eves

    Ex-Wolves striker and BBC WM summariser

    "Gary Rowett coming in as Blues' new manager is a big factor. Players will instinctively respond. Anyone who's fallen out with the previous regime has a new lease of life.

    "The 8-0 last week was a one-off and the longer they go keeping a clean sheet, the more confident they'll get. But, if Wolves get an early goal, it could shatter their confidence.

    "Wolves have had a stumble in the last few games, which not many of us who still watch them regularly were expecting, but Kenny Jackett's doing a good job. And, if you'd asked any fan where they'd like to be at the start of the season, you'd have been happy with joint top."

  97. Post update

    Mike Taylor

    BBC WM Sport

    Martin O'Connor, Mel Eves and Paul Franks

    Mike's sent us a picture from the commentary box where he is alongside Martin O'Connor, Mel Eves and Paul Franks at Molineux for BBC WM 95.6.

  98. The view from the commentary box

    BBC WM 95.6's Mike Taylor has had his say on the match:

    "The cliché about form being irrelevant in derby matches may well apply here, or so Birmingham City fans will be hoping. Last weekend's calamity against Bournemouth was a new and record-breaking low point, but Gary Rowett's appointment gives cause for optimism. His service as a classy right-back with Blues earns him useful currency with supporters.

    "He may need it. The size of the task before him is illustrated by the Championship table and recent results, and on current form he begins with one of the toughest fixtures of the season.

    "Wolves are still operating with largely the same squad that won League One, but they have demonstrated their ability to flourish in the Championship. After a wobbly spell, and conceding a three-goal lead at Millwall, they have responded with fine wins over Middlesbrough and Leeds. Their supporters will be expectant, though, and Wolves must show they can handle that pressure."

    That's his take, what's yours? Text 81333 and start your message with WM or use #wmfootball on Twitter to get involved.

  99. Jackett keeping focus on Wolves

    Kenny Jackett

    His team could end the day top of the Championship table, but Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett knows much of the attention will be on Birmingham and their new manager Gary Rowett today.

    Wanderers are level on points with the division's leaders and are strong favourites to win against struggling Blues at Molineux, with Jackett keen to ensure his players are focused on the task ahead.

    "Obviously they'll be galvanised and it's a local derby, but what we've concentrated on is Wolves," he told BBC WM 95.6. "We want to be as fit, as well prepared, as organised and as enthusiastic as we possibly can."

  100. Rowett wants a reaction

    Gary Rowett

    New Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett is hoping his players can bounce back quickly from last weekend's 8-0 home defeat by Bournemouth.

    The 40-year-old takes charge of second-bottom Blues for the first time today and, understandably, he is expecting a better showing from his side.

    Rowett told BBC WM 95.6: "We've got three games before the international break. It's going to be about getting some results in these three games, and trying to impart a small fraction of what we want to do straight away.

    "But the main thing is seeing a reaction. Let's see which players react, in a really positive way, to what we've been trying to do in the last few days."

  101. What else is happening the Championship

    Cameron Jerome

    Last night, two goals from ex-Birmingham striker Cameron Jerome earned Norwich City a 2-1 home win over Bolton Wanderers at Carrow Road.

    The Canaries jumped above Wolves up to third in the table, while Bolton remain in the bottom three, level on points with Blues.

    There are 11 Championship fixtures today - I'm sure many Birmingham fans will be keeping an eye on Blackpool's game with Ipswich later, as their former manager Lee Clark takes charge of the division's bottom club for the first time.

    Click here for today's full fixture list.

    You can see every goal from this weekend's games on the Football League Show at 23:45 GMT this evening. The programme is repeated at 09:00 GMT on Sunday and available for the rest of the week on the BBC iPlayer.

  102. Wolves on a roll

    Wolves celebrate their victory at Leeds

    Wolves will go top of the Championship, for a few hours at least, if they avoid defeat at Molineux today.

    After storming to the League One title last term, Kenny Jackett's side were widely tipped to challenge for promotion again this season and they have not disappointed thus far.

    Leon Clarke, who starts today, netted their late winner in a 2-1 victory at Leeds last Saturday, which took them level on points with leaders Derby County.

  103. Post update

    Martin O'Connor

    Ex-Birmingham captain and BBC WM summariser

    "I think he (Gary Rowett) is an organised manager and I think he's a modern manager. He was definitely a model professional when I played with him at Blues. Even though he wasn't the captain, he wasn't scared to pick people out in team meetings.

    "Last week has gone. You have to take that and move on. For me, this is the start of a new season for Birmingham."

  104. Post update

    Mel Eves

    Ex-Wolves striker and BBC WM summariser

    "I can see where Gary Rowett is coming from with that team. He's gone for solidity. He's brought in a new defender in Michael Morrison, who brings a lot of experience. But in these kind of games, you need people who are going to run with energy. For me, Stephen Gleeson is not one of those kind of players."

  105. Derby day memories

    Karl Henry and Barry Ferguson

    Supporters of Wolves and Birmingham may not consider one another as their fiercest of rivals, but make no mistake, these two don't like each other very much.

    Fixtures between the two over the past few years have often been feisty affairs and full of drama.

    We've been taking a look back at some memorable derby days from yesteryear.

  106. Listen live on BBC WM 95.6

    BBC WM 95.6 are providing full match commentary of today's game from Molineux, which is also being simulcast on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

    Paul Franks and Mike Taylor are joined by former Wolves striker Mel Eves and ex-Birmingham City captain Martin O'Connor.

    At the final whistle, have your say on the big match with BBC WM 95.6 by calling 03453 009956.

  107. Get involved

    Who will end the afternoon with the local bragging rights? Will Wolves miss Nouha Dicko up front? And have Blues picked the right manager in Gary Rowett?

    And if you're at Molineux, why not tweet from your seat and send us a selfie?

    Text 81333 and start your message with WM or tweet using #wmfootball and we'll use the best of your views here.

    Please remember to put your name on any texts!

  108. Rowett back to boss Blues

    Gary Rowett

    Birmingham City have turned to their former defender Gary Rowett to arrest a slide that has seen them drop to second from bottom of the Championship.

    The 40-year-old, who replaced Lee Clark as manager on Monday, spent two years as a player at St Andrew's and scored 12 goals in 106 appearances before leaving to join Leicester City in July 2000.

    After two and a half successful years in charge of Burton Albion, a club he twice led to the League Two play-offs, Rowett takes over a Birmingham side struggling in the second tier and still smarting from last weekend's club-record 8-0 home defeat by Bournemouth.

    As Yazz and the Plastic Population once sang: "The only way is up, baby..."

  109. Line-ups

    Wolves: Carl Ikeme, Matt Doherty, Danny Batth (c), Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Tommy Rowe, James Henry, Kevin McDonald, Lee Evans, Michael Jacobs, Leon Clarke, Liam McAlinden.

    Subs: Jon Flatt, Dave Edwards, Richard Stearman, George Saville, Bakary Sako, Yannick Sagbo, Rajiv van La Parra.

    Birmingham City: Darren Randolph, Paul Caddis, Michael Morrison, Paul Robinson (c), Jonathan Grounds, Stephen Gleeson, Andrew Shinnie, David Davis, David Cotterill, Clayton Donaldson, Koby Arthur.

    Subs: Colin Doyle, Grant Hall, Neal Eardley, Callum Reilly, Reece Brown, Brek Shea, Wes Thomas.

  110. Team news

    Bakary Sako

    The headline team news from Molineux is that Bakary Sako is on the bench for Wolves. The Mali international winger, the home side's top scorer this season with seven goals, missed last weekend's win at Leeds with a groin problem. Nouha Dicko is out injured, so Leon Clarke starts up front alongside Liam McAlinden, who was recalled from his loan spell at Fleetwood earlier this week.

    For visitors Birmingham, Gary Rowett's first team selection as manager shows four changes to the starting line-up. David Edgar is suspended after his red card against Bournemouth last time out, so Michael Morrison starts in defence after joining on loan from Charlton yesterday. Ex-Wolves midfielders David Davis and Stephen Gleeson start against their former club.

  111. Post update

    In football, certain situations can provide great levellers, and Birmingham have some of those in their favour today.

    The desire to bounce back from a horrible home defeat - tick. A new manager taking charge for the first time - tick. Facing one of your local rivals - tick.

    Will Gary Rowett make a winning start as Blues boss, and prevent Kenny Jackett's Wolves heading to the top of the Championship table?

    Kick-off at Molineux is at 12:15 GMT. Full match commentary is available on BBC WM 95.6 and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  112. Post update

    Molineux and St Andrew's may only be separated by a few junctions of the M6 but the respective starts that Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City have made to the Championship campaign are many miles apart.

    Wolves are flying high near the top of the table, maintaining the momentum of last season's promotion...

    Nouha Dicko

    Blues, who only avoided relegation with a goal in stoppage time on the final day of last term, are braced for another battle against the drop...

    Callum Reilly

    You would think, then, that the result of today's West Midlands derby should be a foregone conclusion. But don't be so sure...