Birmingham youngster on target again in first-team push

Birmingham City teenager Reece Brown scored again for the reserves to offer a timely reminder to Gary Rowett.

Reece Brown scored yet another goal for Birmingham City's Development Squad side this afternoon against Crystal Palace as he seeks to push for a first-team place.

The young midfielder has scored four times in his last three appearances for Richard Beale's development squad side who have won eight of their last nine Professional Development League fixtures.

Brown scored the only goal in a windy game at Tooting and Mitcham's KNK stadium, rifling home from 10 yards after Viv Solomon-Otabor had got in behind his full-back and pulled the ball back.

It capped an outstanding performance from the midfielder and will once again put into Gary Rowett's mind that Brown could be worthy of a place in the matchday squad – particularly after some lacklustre outings of late from the current first eleven.

Although Rowett has brought in Diego Fabbrini ostensibly to freshen up competition for the “number 10” role that Brown favours, the youngster could also provide cover on the bench for the attacking and deeper midfielder roles.

Brown displays a fine range of passing and his recent performances have shown that he has an eye for goal. However, his defensive work off the ball can let him down and he needs to improve on his intensity if he is to hold down a place in the first team.

Long-term injury absentees Gavin Gunning and Matt Green both completed 75 minutes apiece as they continue their rehabilitation back to fitness and first team contention.

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