Birthday hopes for De Vos

JASON De Vos is hoping he can celebrate his 33rd birthday tomorrow having started 2007 today with three points and a clean sheet.The Blues captain believes performances at Coventry and West Brom have set the tone for the side and they can stun the league leaders Birmingham at Portman Road this afternoon.

By Derek Davis

JASON De Vos is hoping he can celebrate his 33rd birthday tomorrow having started 2007 today with three points and a clean sheet.

The Blues captain believes performances at Coventry and West Brom have set the tone for the side and they can stun the league leaders Birmingham at Portman Road this afternoon.”

De Vos said: “Without doubt we want to kick of the year with three points. It is a tough game but we know we can do well against them and we want to start the year on a positive note.


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“We know we can play Birmingham because we played well at their place and should have come away from there with more than just a point.

“We are turning the corner and as showed against West Brom we are playing good football.

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“We dominated for long periods of that game so there is no reason why we can't more than hold our own against Birmingham.

“All we need is that quality in the final third and get an end produc, then we will be a tough team to play against.”

De Vos was fuming after the referee changed his mind to give a penalty instead of a corner at West Brom and has called upon the Blues fans to be just as influential this afternoon.

He said: “It was an absolute travesty. When I asked for an explanation I was told to go away or I would be booked.

“When I eventually got an answer he said it was for deliberate hand ball and even the West Brom players were saying it was a bad decision.

“We had appeals when Gary Roberts went down but again we got nothing.

“Their second goal was a fantastic bit of quality and we have to hold our hands up for that.

“We need our crowd to get behind us because we have seen in the past what they can do for us and how they can influence the game.

“Of course, we have to give them something to shout about and we will look to do that against Birmingham. The away support at Coventry and West Brom again was fantastic and it was shame for them they didn't have anything to celebrate again.”

Today will be De Vos' 119th game for Town since his free transfer from Wigan, all as a starter.

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