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Lee Clark has urged his side to come storming out of the traps against Bristol City.
After plenty of encouraging signs in the previous three fixtures against Leicester City, Millwall and Leeds United, the Blues boss was left fuming with a flat first-half performance that again hampered his side’s hopes of victory on home soil against Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Just as they did during the 1-0 loss to Huddersfield Town last month, Clark’s men failed to produce their best football until after the break on Saturday, at which point Ipswich had gained a lead that they managed to hold on to.

Now, with Bristol City due at St. Andrew’s on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off), Clark wants to see his side get it right from the off once and for all.

“I’ve told my players that I want them to start games like we played from the 46th minute to the 94th/95th minute against Ipswich,” said Clark looking ahead to his side’s 15th game of the npower Championship season. “We could and should have gone on to win Saturday’s game 3-1 with the chances we had in the second-half but we can’t affect the past, we can only affect the future.

“The fans have seen that we can do it at home against good sides like Bolton and Leicester and with tough, workmanlike performances against Peterborough and Charlton. We’re a good side and we have got to deliver.

“I know the players can deliver and we’ve got to go absolutely flying out of the traps from the first whistle against Bristol City and play high tempo football.”

Derek McInnes’ Bristol City will arrive at St. Andrew’s off the back of five straight defeats and just a point off the foot of the npower Championship.

But, as a rejuvinated Ipswich side showed on Saturday, recent form can mean nothing in this division.

Clark continued: “I’ve watched Bristol City’s game (at Huddersfield) from the weekend and in all honesty they deserved something from the game and according to my scouts’ reports that appears to have been the case in a few of their previous five fixtures too.

“We played a team on Saturday who hadn’t won since August so that should be a warning sign for us. We can’t take anybody lightly and we must treat everybody with the same respect.

“While we were all hurting after Saturday’s result, I’m glad this game has come around so soon as it gives us the chance to put things right quickly. The result will be what matters with the performance secondary but I’m hopeful that the performance will be worthy of a win.”

USA international Jonathan Spector will be back in contention after shaking off the illness that kept him out of Saturday’s match with the Tractor Boys, while Clark’s medical team will continue to assess one of two bumps and bruises from the weekend.

Having named an unchanged starting line-up for the last three fixtures, Clark admits that he may have to make changes against the Robins.

“I’ve gone for continuity in recent games and the only reason that I changed the team after Leicester was because of suspensions and injuries. Then those lads that performed at Millwall and Leeds deserved a chance against Ipswich.

“I’ve had lots of very good performances off players both individually and collectively away from home. If you take the Watford game out of the equation then we’ve done well and scored lots of goals. At home, there’s been more indifferent/poor performances and we’ve only scored five in seven. No one’s position is safe in the team.”


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Posted November 5, 2012 by Birmingham City Fans Forum in Birmingham City News

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