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Bolton v Blues preview

Blues end 2012 with a trip to the Reebok Stadium to take on Bolton Wanderers on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The Trotters, in 16th, are only ahead of their 19th-placed opponents on goal difference with both sides locked on 29 points.

While Blues were extending their unbeaten run to three games with a 2-1 victory at Barnsley on Boxing Day, Bolton slipped to their second consecutive loss with a 1-0 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

Only the American duo of Will Packwood and Jonathan Spector are likely to bolster Lee Clark’s squad ahead of this weekend’s match. Versatile Packwood was ruled out of the Barnsley win with illness and will be assessed before the fixture at the Reebok. Meanwhile Spector has made good progress on the ankle injury he sustained at Wolves on December 8 and trained with the squad this week.

Clark is once again likely to turn to some of the young guns that haven’t disappointed in recent fixtures and the Blues boss admits that the continued involvement of his teenage crop has helped to create a feelgood factor in the camp.

“It’s the best feeling in the business,” said Clark when asked about blooding youngsters in his first-team. “It was something that I did in my other job. I inherited quite an old squad and in my first couple of windows I changed it by bringing in younger, hungrier players that I thought were more vibrant. Here the majority have come in from the academy which is even better because you don’t have to go into the transfer market to bring the players in.

“I’ve been delighted with their response, their enthusiasm, their passion and their desire – not just in matches but also on the training ground. When you put on training sessions and you talk to them to try to coach them, they listen and hang on every word because they want to improve.  They want to make the club and the team better so it’s a win-win situation.

“I’ve been a believer that if you’re a supporter and you see your fellow Bluenose getting the chance to be in the team, you’re going to give them that extra support because he’s one of your own and you’re going to look after each other like a big family.

“If supporters see local lads in there fighting for the jersey then they can be sympathetic to the odd mistake or two, which they will make because they are young players still learning. It’s been a positive response from them all individually but more importantly there’s been a response from them collectively.

“I know that I can sit here and safely say that at the Reebok come 3pm on Saturday there will be no questions asked with regards to commitment, desire and work ethic. The basic ingredients will be there in abundance.”

While Clark feels that the kids are alright, he believes that the trip to Bolton will be their biggest test so far.

The Blues boss continued: “Bolton are similar to ourselves in the sense that they’ve not been consistent over the course of the season but when they hit top form then they look a very good team. 

“This will be the biggest challenge so far for our young lads – they’re away from home, tough enough as it is, but also at a big stadium.”

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Posted December 29, 2012 by Birmingham City Fans Forum in Birmingham City News

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