The Blues boss says the only reason his side lost 1-0 in an EFL Cup tie this time last year was the mentality of Villa being a Premier League side.
David Moyes has failed to win any of his first nine Premier League matches in charge of Sunderland.
Steve Bruce has had a strong start as the new Aston Villa manager.
Rowett and Bruce face off as Birmingham City host Villa on Sunday.
Steve Bruce is still unbeaten since taking charge of Aston Villa.
The introduction of Steve Bruce at Aston Villa has proven that positivity can go a long way.
Aston Villa CEO Keith Wyness has called for stability at the club following a hectic few months.
Birmingham City's next Championship game is against rivals Aston Villa.
Aston Villa continued their strong start under new boss Steve Bruce with a 1-0 win over Fulham.
Steve Bruce oversaw his Aston Villa side claim another positive result, this time a 1-0 win over Fulham.