Date:Friday February 14 2014
15 Feb 2014
Lee Clark welcomes his old club Huddersfield to St Andrews on Saturday and he'll be hoping that his side can finally turn around a miserable run of home results and get one over his old employers.
Last time Blues won at home in the league was back in October when they beat Millwall 4-0, since then the only three point hauls have come on the road.
As for Huddersfield, they have been going through a bit of a dry patch of late, four out of the last five league games have ended in defeat, when they did manage a win, a 1-0 victory over Wigan at home last Saturday, they followed it up on Tuesday night with a 3-0 reverse at Forest.
Blues have already given the Terriers taste of what they can do this season when the two sides met at the Galpharm Stadium in November, Nikola Zigic and Kyle Bartley (2) scored the goals in a 3-1 victory for Blues. Bartley was sent off for a second yellow card just after scoring his second.
If Blues can pull off a win in this game they can pull within one point of Huddersfield who currently sit in 14th place on 37 points.
All in all it should be a good game, so let's get behind the lads and get those three points.
Lee Clark: "What makes it even tougher is that they`ve come off an indifferent result themselves in midweek, so they will be looking to put that right and we have to be ready for it.
"I`ve seen Mark`s (Robins) quotes about the game in midweek and he wasn`t happy with them, so that will make it even harder for us."
Birmingham City should welcome Lee Novak and Olly Lee back into the side that lines up against Huddersfield.
Novak will be back to face his old club after spending the last game at Watford on Tuesday on the bench as did Lee as Clark opted to use Albert Rusnak and Brian Howard.
Fit-again left-back Mitch Hancox, having got over an ankle injury missed out at Watford but hopes to play some part in this game.
Jonathan Spector is closing in on his return but this game comes too soon, while fellow long-term absentees Tom Thorpe (ankle), David Murphy, Matt Green and Neal Eardley (all knee) are all unavailable.
He will be fired up and raring to go against his old club after missing the line up at Watford.
Huddersfield's leading scorer James Vaughan for this game, he had only just come back from injury when he was taken off against Forest on Tuesday with a calf strain. Danny Ward and Martin Paterson are both looking for a recall alongside Nahki Wells.
Manager Mark Robins has no new injury or suspension worries as Town try to turn around a bad run of games.
Peter Clarke is hoping to make his first appearance since November having returned to the bench in recent weeks following a knee injury.
Stoke born 26 year old who knows where the net is, went through a good run but not scored in the last three games. Is due a goal.
Birmingham won the earlier meeting this season 3-1 at the John Smith's Stadium in November.
Huddersfield have won only one of the last 12 league meetings. Their only league win since 1996 was 1-0 at St. Andrews in the Championship last season.
That win at St. Andrew's is Huddersfield's only victory there in the last nine meetings.
Referee - DARREN DEADMAN
Assistants- Robert Hyde and Wade Norcott
Fourth Official - Paul Rees.
2-1 to Blues. Site poll - Blues win 76%, Town win 12%, Draw 12%
Sat 22 Feb 2014: Blackpool v Blues
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Date:Friday February 14 2014
Injury News: Novak and Hancox (Friday April 18 2014)
Birmingham The Subject of Takeover Bids (Friday April 18 2014)
Forest Keeper Confident Of Win Against Blues. (Thursday April 17 2014)
Officials For The Forest Game. (Thursday April 17 2014)
Clark Speaks About Loan Market. (Thursday April 17 2014)
Birmingham Urged to Shoot! (Tuesday April 15 2014)
Match Day Poll: Birmingham Could Sink Forest (Thursday April 10 2014)
Birmingham Lose Novak to Injury (Thursday April 10 2014)
Frustrated Clark Bemoans Defeat At Boro (Wednesday April 9 2014)
Nine Man Boro See Off Birmingham. (Tuesday April 8 2014)
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