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Birmingham City vs. Blackburn Rovers

St Andrews

Monday 21 April


Can Birmingham Finally Win at Home?

Struggling Birmingham start a spell of much dreaded home games today with Blackburn Rovers. Birmingham have not won at home in six months.

The home side have lost their last two to Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough. Last time out Clark`s men were considerably outplayed as a huge away following watched their team totally dominated in the opening 45 minutes.

Clark was left ruing his team`s poor start and questioned the way his team started the game. The fans reaction saw criticism of the team`s application and work effort. Typical of teams made up of loan signings and young players. Manager Lee Clark commented that some players feel it`s okay to just go out on the pitch and play; with that being enough. Birmingham`s league position suggests otherwise.

Whilst Blackburn are not as high as they would like to be, they are having a much better go of it than their opponents today. The Northern side are unbeaten in nine and will not be too worried about their trip to St Andrews today. Recent draws against Yeovil and Sheffield Wednesday suggest Birmingham could get something from the game should they approach it in the right way.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer was left frustrated as his team were held by Yeovil; a team he described as fighting for their lives. Bowyer will no doubt be reminding his players of a potential late push for the play-offs.

Vital Quotes:

Birmingham City Team News:

Birmingham lose their captain Robinson to suspension for three games starting today. Adeyemi could return to the squad today.

Player to watch: Eymr Huws

Birmingham have been struggling and they need a foothold in midfield in order to stop the rot. Huws could well do that for Birmingham should he have a good game.

Blackburn Rovers Team News:

Blackburn are waiting on injury news on Tommy Spurr with a groin injury. Gary Bowyer may also be giving nods to the returning Corry Evans and David Dunn.

Player to watch: Jordan Rhodes

Birmingham are failing to keep clean sheets this season so Blackburn's top scorer Jordan Rhodes with 24 goals could be a real problem today.

Match Facts & Stats

- Blues won the return fixture 3-2 at Ewood Parl

- Blues have just one clean sheet in their last 20

- Blackburn are unbeaten in nine.

Next Fixtures:

Blues take on Leeds at home next Saturday.

Leeds were on a terrible run of form but they have now won their last two. Birmingham may be in better shape come Saturday if they manage a point or better today.

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Writer: Christopher Handy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 21 2014

Time: 11:08AM

Your Comments

Another loss, just hope everyones worse than us
not often Harry is right, but hes right, they'll walk over us today
Clark OUT, clueless idiot, daft tactics
This is the one we shouldn't win so we probaby will sneak it! KRO
Trevor James

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