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The right DNA

Posted: Fri 30 Nov 2012

Paul Caddis in action against Peterborough United.

Image by: Roy Smiljanic

Lee Clark says that full-back Paul Caddis can be a 'vital' part of his plans.

Caddis completed his first game in ten weeks against Blackpool following his recovery from a shoulder operation. Prior to his injury, the 24-year-old Scot excelled in all three of his performances for Blues after his loan move from Swindon Town. He slotted excellently into a new defence and his forays up the wing have given Blues an added attacking edge. Clark is looking for him to continue to deliver that kind of form as Blues aim to move away from the lower reaches of the npower Championship table. 

"Paul is vital to what I’m trying to achieve because he’s got the DNA of the type of footballers I like to work with," said the St. Andrew’s boss. He’s got fantastic enthusiasm and he’s very low maintenance around the football club. He’s got great desire, he’s technically very good and he’s consistent. He’s also young and hungry and he’s loving this opportunity to be at such a massive club in the Championship. He doesn’t want to give it up without a fight and he actually wants to progress even further and go onto the next level. That’s the type of DNA I want from players that represent the football club."

Despite missing more than two months of football because of his injury, Caddis slipped seamlessly back into the team against Blackpool, along with another long-term injury absentee Pablo Ibanez. Having conceded six goals in their previous two games, Blues looked a lot more solid defensively against The Tangerines in the 1-1 draw.

"Paul and Pablo both put in excellent individual performances," added Clark. "I think the shape of the team helped us in being a bit more solid as well. But in saying that, we conceded those six goals against Hull and Derby, but if you go beyond the goals - which were poor goals - Hull had one more chance in the game, Derby two more. So we are limiting the opposition. What we had to do was cut down on the goals we were conceding.

 "That was the basis of the good season last season: the lack of goals going in, the strength of the defending. One of the reasons for that was a continuation of a back five that was getting picked on a regular basis on fitness and form, first and foremost. They were getting the continuity and that was a huge factor. Unfortunately we haven’t been in that position but hopefully on Tuesday it was a little boost to go on now."