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BIRMINGHAM PREVIEW

28 February 2014

Chambo looking for a return to winning ways as Lee Clark's men prepare to visit Portman Road

Luke Chambers has told the matchday programme that the Leicester defeat is now behind Town and that the squad is fully focused on getting back to winning ways against Birmingham tomorrow.

The Blues were beaten 3-0 by the league leaders at the King Power Stadium and although disappointed, Chambo admits that the lads are looking forwards and not backwards.

“That games gone now and there’s nothing we can do about it now,” said Town’s number four in tomorrow’s official matchday programme.

“Obviously we were disappointed with the Leicester result but we’ve moved on from that and all this week we have been training hard ahead of what will be a very difficult game against Birmingham.

“We’re still in the mix [for a Play-Off place], we’re still fighting and you can rest assure that we will continue to fight until the end of the season.”

Team news

Town will be without the services of leading scorer David McGoldrick, who has been ruled out for 10 weeks with a knee injury which he suffered against Blackpool the last time we were at Portman Road. Luke Hyam is also set to miss out as he recovers from a hamstring injury, although the midfield will be boosted by the loan signing of Jonny Williams, who has checked in for a month’s stay from Crystal Palace.

Birmingham boss Lee Clark has been boosted by the news that both Jonathan Spector and Chris Burke have recovered from injury and will be available for the trip to Portman Road. However Mitch Hancox (ankle), Albert Rusnak (groin), Matt Green, David Murphy, Callum Reilly and Neal Eardley (all knee) and Akwasi Asante (hamstring) are all ruled out. Brian Howard and Reece Brown should both be fit after overcoming knocks.

Where they finished last season

Town- 14th
Birmingham- 12th

Where they currently stand

Town- 10th
Birmingham- 16th  

Worn both badges

There have been a number of players to have worn the blue of both Town and City over the years, including Darren Ambrose. The midfielder came through the Academy ranks here at Portman Road and shone in a blue shirt before making a big money move to Newcastle in 2003. He returned to Suffolk in 2008 on loan before eventually joining Birmingham in 2012.

Betting

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Match Officials

Referee: Keith Stroud 

Assistants: Ian Crouch & Thomas Ramsey 

Fourth Official: Nicholas Kinseley

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