Writer: Christopher Handy
Date:Saturday April 19 2014
The City Ground
Saturday 19 April
Birmingham travel to Nottingham Forest today hoping to take a big step closer to securing Championship status for next season.
Forest sit a sorry 11th after another defeat at the hands of QPR last time out (5-2). Caretaker boss Gary Brazil could only watch on as his team went from 2-2 with 15 minutes to go to 5-2 down. Forest are anything but stable at the moment.
Birmingham on the other hand give themselves a bit of hope every couple of games. Despite the 3-1 defeat to Middlesbrough, of which you could say they did quite well, Blues have big wins over Doncaster and Millwall lately. Whilst the voters on our poll suggest Forest will just about pip Birmingham to the points, there is every chance that Lee Clark could be happy come the final whistle.
Clark was left questioning his player`s decision making after the game at Middlesbrough, a performance too flash in his eyes. He will no doubt be opting for the more simple players in this trip to Forest. In fact he remarked earlier this week that it would be the work-horses that would be selected to drag Birmingham across the line this season.
Andy Reid of Nottingham Forest said:
'We have to get the fans to stick with us and to do that we need to perform out on the pitch which we haven't done as much of late, but we aim to start putting that right'.
Lee Clark told the press:
'They`ve been on a bit of a slide but they`ve still got good players - a good squad and good subs.
They`ve still got an outside chance of getting into the play-offs and they`re in front of their own fans and there will be a big crowd so we know it will be a tough game. But we`ve got to make sure we can continue the negative feeling that they`ve got from not winning in a while.'
Forest could welcome back Danny Collins and Jamie Patterson;
Patterson back in the team will be a welcome sight for the home side as they are reunited with their top scorer.
Lee Novak doesn't make the game today, Mitch Hancox could provide Lee Clark with a much needed boost to his back line.
The on-loan hero is getting the goals for Birmingham and they will be relying on him to do the same today.
- Birmingham are unbeaten in their last six visits to the City Ground in all competitions, winning two and drawing four. Nottingham Forest's last home win was 1-0 in the old Division One in December 1999.
- Nottingham Forest have not won any of their last 13 games in all competitions, losing eight. Their last win was 3-0 at Huddersfield in the Championship on 11 February.
- Birmingham have won five and lost five of their last 10 away games.
Blues take on Blackburn at home next.
Blackburn are having a solid, but not brilliant end to the season as they are picking up too many draws.
Birmingham will look to break their come ground hoo-do against the 10th placed side.
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Date:Saturday April 19 2014
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