Klug: Birmingham are beatable
THEY may be just one win from reaching the half century in points.They may be comfortably in third looking to get into the automatic promotion places.
THEY may be just one win from reaching the half century in points.
They may be comfortably in third looking to get into the automatic promotion places.
However, bullish Blues coach Bryan Klug is convinced Birmingham City are beatable
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History is also on Town's side as they seek revenge for last month's loss at St Andrews, while City have lost against Reading and Preston of late.
Klug said: “They have lost their past two games so will want to stop the rot and we will have to be at our best against them.
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“Birmingham have already got 47 points and their best performance of the season came against us.
“They are very strong and have kept hold of a number of Premier League players from last year, so they represent a challenge for us.
“They are strong going forward. Marcus Bent, we know, is a very good player, Kevin Phillips' record against us is phenomenal.
“In fact his record in this league is phenomenal I just wish we could have signed him when George Burley tried to get him.
“West Brom last year was a great game and the year before we managed to nick the game against Birmingham with a late game.
“The manager decided that and it worked quite well and he will make that decision whether to stay with that or go back to something else.”
Klug is hoping Town fans turn out in their numbers for this attractive championship clash and believes they can create as good an atmosphere as anywhere in the world.
He said: “I hope supporters realise how big a part they can play in the game. The atmosphere in this ground can be as good as anywhere in the world and I mean that.
“We need that and I know when we all pull together this is a great football club.
“I remember when they got behind us against Manchester United and it was a fantastic atmosphere and helped us get off to a great start.”
Town's main injury concern is David Wright who has a hamstring problem, which will also have Scotland manager George Burley monitoring the situation after admitting he was considering calling up the former Crewe and Wigan defender.
Klug said: “David can play either side which is fantastic. George Burley is well aware of that now and David is very keen to play for Scotland and get involved in that and his performances for us warrant him looking at him.
“He is unflappable for us and has a good attitude. There are some players who don't seem keen to play for Scotland, but David does and he will go there with the right attitude, and he can play anywhere across the back four.
“I don't want to talk him up too much but Dario Gradi at Crewe obviously brought him up in the right way and David is a nice man as well.”