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Boss salutes super Serb

Posted: Sat 18 Aug 2012
Author: Peter Lewis

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Lee Clark hailed the contribution of substitute Nikola Zigic after the Serbian striker got his side out of jail with a point-rescuing goal at St. Andrew’s this afternoon.

Blues looked like tasting defeat against a lively Charlton Athletic side in the manager’s first league game in charge until Zigic popped up four minutes into injury-time with a terrific low shot into the bottom corner from 12 yards out.

“It was fantastic finish from big Ziggy,” admitted Clark. “It shows his quality and desire. He’s come on for the last ten minutes, put himself around and caused lots of problems for Charlton.

“I’m delighted for him. He’s been terrific around the club since I’ve been here. He’s been a great character and we all know that he’s got lots of quality.”

Overall Clark conceded that it hadn’t been a wholly convincing display from his team. But at least Zigic’s goal had got them off the mark for the campaign and they’ll now look to improve when they head for Hillsborough to play Sheffield Wednesday in three days time.

“We’d like three points from a home game and you’re always striving to win the match, but when you’re in injury-time and a goal down then you’ll take that point,” said Clark.

“It’s early in the season and there are things to work on but my players have shown great character.

“We all know that wasn’t a fluent Birmingham City performance but we kept fighting right to the end and got something from the game that possibly wasn’t there.

“We’re disappointed in lots of aspects but it’s about getting points on the board and we’ll be better again on Tuesday.”

Teenage goalkeeper Jack Butland made his first competitive appearance and the newly-capped England international cut a commanding figure between the posts for Blues.

His manager concluded: “He did the basics very well and couldn’t do anything about the goal. His distribution was good and he’s got good concentration levels, which is important.

“We’ve finally got him off the mark in a Birmingham City jersey so we can put all that stuff to bed now and we can concentrate on the football.”