Blues suffered their first defeat in four games as they were disappointingly beaten 1-0 on Saturday by Ipswich Town.
Such is the nature of football that it was former Blues favourite DJ Campbell who returned to St. Andrew’s to score the only goal of game.
Lee Clark elected to go with the same starting XI that he had used in his side’s 1-0 win at Leeds United last weekend.
Included in the Ipswich starting line-up were Campbell and another former Blues player, Guirane N’Daw.
A scrappy opening saw most of the play taking place in a crowded central area of the pitch.
But then disaster struck as Blues fell behind to Campbell’s goal after just seven minutes
Nathan Redmond gave the ball away far too easily to Lee Martin and the Ipswich man slid the ball through to Campbell on the right of the box, where he lashed it past Jack Butland and into the back of the net.
Blues were struggling to get a foothold in the match and it was the visitors who were looking the more potent attacking threat
It took until the 21st minute for Blues to fashion their first chance when Wade Elliott’s snap shot from 20 yards out was pushed away by Town goalkeeper Stephen Henderson.
On the half-hour mark Blues were awarded a free-kick 25 yards from the Ipswich goal. Marlon King stepped up and curled a powerful shot over the wall, but Henderson was equal to it and tipped it over the bar.
However, Ipswich were soon back on the offensive and Butland was forced to produce a diving save to tip Martin’s shot away.
As the game entered stoppage time at the end of the half Steven Caldwell put in a goal-saving tackle to deny Daryl Murphy deep inside the Blues area.
Half time: Blues 0 Ipswich 1
Blues made one change for the start of the second half, with Chris Burke replacing Nathan Redmond on the wing.
Clark’s men were not having much luck, but to be fair to Ipswich they were closing Blues down at every opportunity and flooding the midfield with players.
As the game approached the hour mark, Butland had to be alert to push Danny Higginbotham’s shot away for a corner.
Substitution number two for Blues was made after 60 minutes as Nikola Zigic was sent on for Leroy Lita. His introduction immediately lifted the crowd
A good passage of attacking play by Blues saw the ball reach the towering Serb ten yards out, but he headed his chance well-wide of the post.
Then minutes later with just Henderson to beat, Zigic saw his shot stifled by the Ipswich keeper.
A great piece of individual skill from Ravel Morrison on the edge of the Ipswich box finished with an attempt by the midfielder to lob Henderson, but his effort drifted just over the bar.
Blues’ third and final substitution was made after 83 minutes when Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands replaced Elliott.
Right at the death Curtis Davies had a golden opportunity to salvage a point for his side, but he somehow fired the ball high over the bar.
Fortunately Blues just have three days to look to make amends when they entertain struggling Bristol City on Tuesday evening.
Full-time: Blues 0 Ipswich 1
Blues: Jack Butland, Paul Robinson, Curtis Davies, Steven Caldwell, David Murphy, Nathan Redmond (Chris Burke, 45), Hayden Mullins, Ravel Morrison, Wade Elliott (Peter Lovenkrands, 83), Leroy Lita (Nikola Zigic, 60), Marlon King.
Subs not used: Colin Doyle, Will Packwood, Papa Bouba Diop, Curtis Ambrose.
Ipswich: Stephen Henderson, Carlos Edwards, Luke Chambers, Danny Higginbotham, Aaron Cresswell, Richie Wellens (Bilel Mohsni, 81), Guirane N'Daw (Andy Drury, 90+1) Nigel Reo-Coker, Lee Martin, Daryl Murphy, DJ Campbell (Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, 90+1).
Subs not used: Scott Loach, Tommy Smith, Jason Scotland, Michael Chopra.
Goals: Campbell (7)
Referee: Stuart Attwell.
Attendance: 18, 063 (1,054 Ipswich fans).