CLARK IMPRESSED BY SUBS

The Birmingham manager Lee Clark has praised the substitutes Nathan Redmond and Wes Thomas after the pair managed to turn the game around for the blues in the recent match against Derby County.

Clark decided to bring on the duo when Birmingham were trailing 1-0 in the match. This would have meant that the team’s good run of form in recent weeks would have been spoilt. Prior to the match, Birmingham had lost only one out of the four encounters. As a result, they have managed to get themselves clear off the relegation zone. Questions about the team would have been raised if they had been defeated against Birmingham.

Ben Davies had given Derby County the lead after 40 min in the match. However, the two substitutes Thomas and Redmond scored goals in the second half to give Birmingham all three points. Thomas started the recovery from Birmingham with a goal in the 67th minute. Redmond then put Birmingham ahead of the match after 75 min before Thomas scored his second goal of the match in injury time to make the game safe for the blues. As a result of this victory, Birmingham rise to the 14th position in the table behind the likes of Blackpool and Charlton.

“Listen, they are good players. Talented players. Even though there wasn’t too much in the first-half, I just felt that Derby were gaining momentum by each minute and the game was there to be taken, if we wanted to take it. All week I talked about the young, hungry players Derby have. A lot of energy, a great work ethic and we had to match that to get something from the game – and we didn’t. I’m delighted for the pair of them,” said Clark. Thomas has been signed on a loan deal till the end of the season from Bournemouth.

GREAT ATTITUDE

The Birmingham City manager Lee Clark has praised the attitude of the players after the 2-1 victory over Barnsley on Boxing Day. It has helped the club to get the second victory in the last five matches.

It has meant that they have been relieved of the relegation trouble for now because they have a substantial seven-point advantage between them and the relegation zone. The former Aston Villa man Curtis Davies scored both goals for Birmingham City in the match. He opened the scoring in the 35th minute, but Barnsley did not take long to equalise the match after a goal from Jonathan Greening.

The two teams went into the half-time break level, but the defender once again scored in the 77th minute to give Birmingham City an unlikely three points away from home. This could prove to be extremely crucial come the end of the season according to manager Clark, who has praised the attitude shown by the youngsters at the club. Clark has stressed the importance of the collective performances put in by the players in recent matches, while also suggesting that the older players are also important to the team because they will be providing the much-needed depth. Birmingham have played in 24 matches so far in the Championship this season.

“The last two games we’ve had, the four points we’ve taken and the manner that we’ve done it in is great credit to the young boys – that was quite an old team for us now; five teenagers in the starting 11. What they’re doing is showing great spirit and enthusiasm. They’re talented footballers, you would like to put them in a couple at a time rather than drop them all in at once but they’re producing individual performances and spirited collective performances,” said Clark after the Barnsley match.

LATE FITNESS TEST

The Championship club Birmingham City have revealed that he will be making assessments over the fitness of the defender Curtis Davies prior to the visit of Hull City to St Andrews. This match will also see the return of the former Birmingham manager Steve Bruce, who is currently in charge of Hull City.

He has been able to transform the fortunes of the former Premier league club, who are now in a position to challenge for the play-offs and even further for the automatic promotion spot. This will be a very tough match according to the Birmingham manager Lee Clark, who has had to deal with a lot of issues during this time at St Andrews.

Birmingham come into the match having had just two victories in the last few months. Since September, the club has had only two victories against Leeds and Bristol, while they have suffered numerous defeats and draws during this period. As a result, they lie in the 19th position in the table just a few places over the relegation zone. Hull, meanwhile, come into the match in the fourth position just a few points below the Championship leaders Crystal Palace. The fitness of the defender Curtis Davies is the major worry for manager Lee Clark.

Other players who are also suffering from injury problems ahead of this match include the midfielder Keith Fahey and the striker Leroy Lita. The manager has confirmed that the defender Paul Caddis has been making sufficient progress in his attempts to recover from the shoulder injury. He is expected to be back into the first-team in the next few weeks. Stephen Carr, who has been a long-term absentee for the club this season, still is a little far away from first-team action according to Lee Clark, who is feeling confident ahead of the Hull City match.

ROBINSON SIGNS FOR BIRMINGHAM

Curtis Davies’ Club, Birmingham City, has signed the English defender Paul Robinson on a brief contract of 1 month. The manager of Birmingham City, Lee Clark, confirmed the signing of Robinson yesterday.

Robinson’s previous club was Bolton Wanderers. His contract with Bolton expired at the end of the last season and due to his inconsistent form, Bolton decided not to extend his contract. He was not approached by too many clubs during the pre season transfer window and he was without a contract till now.

Some key defenders of the Birmingham City team are injured at the moment and the defense of the team has looked pretty weak in the current season so far. The captain of the team, Stephen Carr, is suffering from a severe knee injury, while, Paul Caddis has gone through a shoulder surgery and he has been ruled out of the team for the next three months. David Murphy is also out of the team due to a hamstring injury.

Lee Clark was looking for an experienced defender and he decided to sign Robinson. However, it’s a very short contract which will get expired on 26th of October.

In the last season, Robinson’s performance was not that good. He looked completely out of touch in the first half of the last season. He was placed on loan to Leeds United in March 2012 for a month. He played a few matches for them, but, didn’t manage to make a mark.

Robinson had been practicing with Toronto FC since the last one month. After signing Robinson, Lee Clark said, “Unfortunately, some of our key players are injured and we badly needed the services of a defender who has got some experience. Robinson is a fantastic left back and he is experienced as well. So, we decided to bring him in the squad for a month.”

Birmingham City will play its next match against Brighton & Hove Albion on 29th of September at Amex Stadium.

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HAPPY WITH FORM

Birmingham city defender Curtis Davies has said that he is extremely satisfied with the form that the club has shown in the pre-season friendlies so far. The former Aston Villa defender was linked with a move to yet another Midlands rival after it was revealed that Norwich city manager Chris Hughton is a major fan of the former Aston Villa star.

Even though he has not been able to secure a move to the Premier league club this summer, it is thought that he still remains extremely happy with life at Birmingham city. Chris Hughton recently conceded that he is a big fan of Curtis Davies and will go to any length to bring him to Norwich city.

However, Birmingham issued a hands off approach to Norwich by saying that they do not intend to sell the start despite the significant financial troubles they have been facing prior to the start of the new season. Despite the financial problems, they have been extremely good in the pre-season friendlies so far. Their latest pre-season friendly against Borussia Mönchengladbach finished in a 2-2 draw, which was an extremely entertaining contest. Speaking after the match, Davies said that he is surprised and happy at the form shown by the club in the pre-season.

“It was good to have a challenge like Monchengladbach so early. On paper it looked like it was going to be a tough one with it being our first game. I think we did really well. I don’t think you could tell the difference in the level of the two sides and I don’t think you could tell a difference in the fitness. We gave a good account of ourselves. The big thing about this result was the way we played as a team and the fitness,” said Curtis Davies.

DAVIES UNSURE ON NORWICH MOVE

Birmingham city defender Curtis Davies is thought to be extremely sceptical about moving to Norwich city. The Canaries recently appointed former Birmingham manager Chris Hughton, who was instrumental in getting the best out of Curtis Davies last season.

He has been linked with a £ 5 million more to the Premier league with Norwich city, but the player is not looking at move to Norwich due to the fact that he is not confident about their ability to stay up in the Premier league next season, playing the likes of Man City and Arsenal. Paul Lambert managed to guide Norwich city comfortably above the relegation zone.

Even though Chris Hughton has a great record as a manager, Curtis Davies does not think that he will get the opportunity to stay in the Premier league for a long time. As result, there is a danger that this move could fall through. The 27-year-old is also thought to be extremely keen on staying in Birmingham after having spent a major portion of his life in the city.

Curtis Davies signed for Birmingham from arch rivals Aston Villa many seasons ago, and has been a key part of their success. Fans will certainly not be happy at the sale of such a key player.

If Chris Hughton fails to get this man from Birmingham, then he is likely to look at other alternatives to bring in ahead of the pre-season tour. It is already thought that he is looking at the signings of Jack Butland, while Everton’s Yobo could also be a surprise signing as well.

Even prior to Chris Hughton being confirmed as the Norwich city manager, it was rumoured that his first signing would be Curtis Davies. Chris Hughton also has to prioritise keeping Grant Holt at the club. The England striker has scored more than 15 goals for the club last season.

MCLEISH SLAMS VILLA PLAYERS

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has criticised the actions of the three Aston Villa players, who were involved in a brawl just outside a nightclub.

Aston Villa are currently fighting against relegation with only two matches remaining in the Premier league season.

However, it seems that the prospect of relegation has not transferred to the players after it was revealed that three players of the Aston Villa first-team – James Collins, Fabian Delph, and Chris Herd – were all involved in a massive brawl. Alex McLeish has revealed that the three players have now been fined by the club and necessary action will be taken up on them.

He also criticised the incident by calling it as the ‘slur of the club’. Aston Villa still be having a crucial match against Tottenham during the weekend. They are only three points ahead of the final relegation spot, which is occupied by Bolton Wanderers. Given that Bolton have a much easier to matches of the season, it has been expected that Villa should get at least one point from the remaining two matches in order to realistically think about staying in the Premier league. However, this pressure does not seem to have affected the players at all, as they have been found having a brawl at a nightclub.

“It’s the culture of one pint too many. I feel for [club owner] Randy Lerner and the fans but the players need to show some respect for themselves and the football club. It’s a slur on the club. I think the most important thing is that they’ve been punished [and] they’ve shown a bit of humility, which is the least we can expect,” said Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish ahead of the Tottenham match. Meanwhile, Aston Villa defender James Collins has come out with a statement apologising for the incident.

BIRMINGHAM RELISH DAVIES RETURN

Birmingham will be cherishing the return of Centre back Curtis Davies after the defender was ruled out of the match against Hull city due to the red card he received in the match against Cardiff.

Curtis Davies has been one of the influential players from Birmingham this season. He has been rock solid at the back ever since arriving from Aston Villa. However, he missed the 2-1 loss at the hands of Hull City last weekend after receiving his marching orders in the match against Cardiff city.

Now, the return of the defender will provide coming with much-needed relief as they prepare to take on Doncaster. Birmingham city have been playing a number of matches away from home in the last few weeks and Doncaster will finally be marking their returns back to home. The return of Curtis Davies will provide them which much-needed strength to take on the championship team.

Despite facing a number of financial troubles this season, Birmingham city have done pretty well in the championship. Even though they have not been able to challenge for the likes of the play-offs and the automatic promotion places, they are doing pretty well in the mid-table.

Doncaster, meanwhile, are struggling down at the bottom of the table. However, they are unlikely to take anything away from the match given that Birmingham city have been relatively good at home this season. The club will still be missing defender Liam Ridgewell, who continues his rehabilitation from the thigh injury sustained a few weeks ago. Senegal defender Diatta recently joined Doncaster, but he is unlikely to make his debut against Birmingham. Curtis Davies will be the major player to return from first-team absence for Birmingham. They will be hoping that his return will push them towards ascendancy in the table.