MUR­PHY OR­DERS KO PUNCH

BIRM­ING­HAM v MARI­BOR Thurs­day – Kick-off 8.05pm

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DAVID MUR­PHY in­sists Birm­ing­ham will keep their side of the bar­gain in their Europa League cli­max.

Blues must beat Mari­bor at St An­drew’s and hope Braga de­feat Club Brugge if they are to reach the knock­out stages.

Chris Hughton’s men trail the Bel­gian and Por­tuguese teams by three points but are pin­ning their qual­i­fy­ing hopes on a su­pe­rior head-to- head record against Club Brugge.

Mari­bor have man­aged just one point in Group H so far and Mur­phy in­sisted: “We are con­fi­dent we can beat any­one at St An­drew’s.

“We are look­ing for­ward to it and we will do the job we need to do – but we ob­vi­ously need the other re­sult to go our way.

“I think we’ve had a good crack at Europe this year. We have been dis­ap­pointed on cer­tain oc­ca­sions but we have played well in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“All we can do is win our game and see what the oth­ers do.”

Mur­phy

reck­ons

Blues have re­cov­ered from their re­cent slump af­ter Satur­day’s last-gasp win over Don­caster ended a run of three straight de­feats.

“We’re still in a de­cent po­si­tion in the league, but we have got to win those games in hand,” he added.

“We lost at Hull when maybe we should have come away with some­thing.

“But hope­fully that’s the end of the bad run.”

DROPPED: Zamora

DE­TER­MINED: Mur­phy

DE­FI­ANT: Ether­ing­ton

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