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Posted Sat 02 Feb 13

Blues v Nottm Forest preview

Blues entertain Nottingham Forest on Saturday in an npower Championship fixture at St. Andrew's (3.00pm kick-off). 

The game sees Lee Clark pit his managerial skills against former Blues boss Alex McLeish. It will be the first time that McLeish has returned to St. Andrew's since leaving the club in the summer of 2011 after a three-and-a-half year spell as manager.

Blues go into the mouth-watering fixture on the back of an impressive 2-1 win away at Burnley last weekend. That victory saw Blues climb the table into 18th place.

Whilst Blues were in action at Turf Moor, Forest suffered a heavy 3-0 loss at home to promotion-chasing Watford. Despite that, Forest are seven points and eight places ahead of Blues in the table.

When the two sides played each other in the corresponding fixture at the City Ground back in September, Blues took a two goal lead, before the home side hit back twice to earn a draw. 

Blues boss Clark says he is looking for his players to build on their Burnley success with a decent home showing against the Reds.

"The teams in midweek got great results but we have to look after ourselves and push on after a great result at Burnley," he said. "We’ve now just got to produce the goods at home on a Saturday which hasn’t happened too often. 

"I think we’ve only won one game on a Saturday afternoon and that was against Peterborough. We need to change that and we need to try and make the second half of the season more successful than the first.

"What we have got to do is take away the cup tie at home against Leeds and build on the last five, six, seven games, when I've felt the players have been unfortunate not to record many more wins. We've played really well but we've given sloppy goals away and we're not hiding from that. But in terms of general performance, against some great teams we've played well."

Clark admits his side will need to be at their best to emerge with three points against Forest.

"We went to Forest, played extremely well, and went 2-0 up and should have seen the game out," he said. "Hopefully we will have the same performance but get a bit more luck against them.

"They have got a talented group of players and a very experienced manager, so we know we're in for a tough match.

"It's a bit of a derby game but I'm looking forward to seeing my team and hopefully they will produce in front of their own fans."

Team news
For Blues team news, click here.

Alex McLeish
To read Alex Mcleish's thoughts on his return to St. Andrew's, click here.

Food update 
The Cookhouse is expanding! Following the culinary concept’s huge success in the Tilton Stand, the Cookhouse is expanding to the central Kop Stand kiosk. Look out for the signs. 

Crowd safety
Birmingham City Football Club would like to remind supporters that throwing objects on or towards the field of play is unacceptable and deemed as misconduct by The FA, therefore this will not be tolerated by the club and its safety team.  
Incidents of this nature reflect badly on Birmingham City and the image of the game. Supporters should also be aware that they are responsible for their own and others’ safety when attending fixtures at St. Andrew’s. A full breakdown of ground regulations at St. Andrew’s can be found here

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