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Posted Sat 15 Feb 14 at 16:59 PM

The Report: Blues 1 Huddersfield 2

Blues’ poor run of home results continued, as they were beaten 2-1 by Huddersfield Town at St. Andrew’s.

Oliver Norwood gave the Terriers a tenth minute lead, before Adam Clayton all but sealed the win with a second goal after 61 minutes. Olly Lee’s goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time at the end of the game was simply too little too late for Blues.

In fairness, Lee Clark’s side failed to perform to a decent standard, there were few positives and they could have no complaints with the defeat.

Clark made two changes to his starting XI with Reece Brown and Lee Novak in for Brian Howard and Albert Rusnak. There was also a place in the matchday squad for the first time in six games for Nikola Zigic, who was on the substitutes’ bench. 

Conditions in the early stages were difficult with swirling winds and heavy rain playing their part.

With less than five minutes on the clock Anthony Gerrard deflected a ball just over Darren Randolph’s bar and then Danny Ward flashed a long-range shot just wide of his post.

But the Terriers weren’t to be denied for much longer as they took the lead after just ten minutes, when Oliver Norwood found the back of the net with a fierce low shot from inside the area.

It took until the 27th minute for Blues to fashion their first real attempt, when Chris Burke’s cross was met by Tom Adeyemi, but the midfielder headed just wide of the target.

Next to try his luck for Blues was Burke with one of his trademark curling left-footed shots from distance, but Town keeper Alex Smithies saved it before it found the top corner.

Clark made a change at the half-time break with Olly Lee replacing Reece Brown in midfield.

Blues started the second period of the game reasonably positively, but in truth their play was lacking in quality and any cutting edge. In a rare foray forward Emyr Huws tested Smithies with a shot from 20-yards out.

With just under an hour played Serbian striker Zigic was given a chance to shine when he replaced Adeyemi. 

Disaster struck for Blues just two minutes later when Adam Clayton doubled his side’s advantage with a great finish.

The ball found the Terriers midfielder some 35-yards out. He drove on ten yards before hitting a fine strike which left Randolph with no chance of stopping it.  

Despite being two goals to the good, Mark Robins’ side continued to press Blues and looked the more likely side to add to their tally. 

But it was Blues who finally found the back of the net with virtually the last kick of the game when Lee met Zigic’s nod down and drilled the ball home from just six yards out. 

Blues return to Sky Bet Championship action next weekend when they travel up to Bloomfield Road to take on a Blackpool side managed by former midfielder Barry Ferguson.

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