Bor­rower Clark gets re­ward

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ge­orge Jones To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

CAR­SON Ye­ung re­signed from the Birm­ing­ham board last week, leav­ing the club’s fi­nances even more up in the air, but, at the mo­ment, man­ager Lee Clark is happy to rely on his loa­nee con­veyer belt.

Ear­lier in the sea­son Manch­ester United loa­nee Jesse Lin­gard was fir­ing in Blues’ goals, and his re­place­ment Fed­erico Macheda is now fill­ing his boots.

He net­ted a dou­ble, one in each half at the Val­ley, as Birm­ing­ham moved nine points clear of the drop zone.

And af­ter seal­ing their first league win since De­cem­ber 29, Clark ad­mit­ted that he has no de­sire to get in­volved in off-the-field fi­nances.

“I have said all along that the foot­ball side is hard enough,” said the Birm­ing­ham boss. “As a manger I have never both­ered with fi­nan­cial sides I iden­tify play­ers and then leave it to the fi­nan­cial peo­ple at the club.

“I un­der­stand what has come across from Hong Kong but for me it is just get­ting on a nor­mal and I know my re­mit in terms of try­ing to bring peo­ple in.

“I know where we stand I know which mar­ket I’m in and hope­fully one day that will change in terms of be­ing able to buy play- ers. I don’t think we’re that far away if we can sort it.

“We have got Jonathan Spec­tor and he is my only out­field player be­tween 25 and 30.

“They’re usu­ally play­ers in their prime in their prime and they cost money, if not in a trans­fer fee then in salary.

“But this was a big, and im­port, win for us con­sid­er­ing the po­si­tion that both club’s find them­selves in.”

On 22 min­utes Macheda broke the dead­lock when he got the faintest of touches to Emyr Huws’s left-footed de­liv­ery to guide the ball be­yond Yo­hann Thu­ram-Ulien.

Charl­ton should have lev­elled when ten min­utes later Astrit Aj­dare­vic re­leased Jor­dan Cousins, but the young mid­fielder saw him low effort saved by Dar­ren Ran­dolph.

And the keeper had to be alert soon af­ter­wards to keep out Aj­dare­vic ac­ro­batic vol­ley, and then John­nie Jack­son’s bob­bling drive.

On 79 min­utes Birm­ing­ham made the points safe when Tom Adeyemi ran half the length of the field, and then teed up Macheda to slot home his sec­ond.

Two min­utes later it was al­most three, but Chris Burke’s low cross nar­rowly eluded the in-form striker.

The de­feat was Charl­ton’s fourth suc­ces­sive league loss, and un­der-pres­sure man­ager Chris Pow­ell con­ceded that he needs to start get­ting some pos­i­tive re­sults if he’s to keep his job at the club for much longer.

He said: “Be­ing a foot­ball man­ager you are al­ways un­der pres­sure un­less you are top of your league.

“I spoke to the owner in the week, and I’m sure I’ll speak to him again over the week­end.

“But I know I need re­sults, the team and the club do, and we’re not get­ting them.

“Our pitch isn’t con­ducive to good foot­ball, we had some de­cent pas­sages of play but we’re just go­ing to have to be brave and fight our way out of this sit­u­a­tion.

“We do need to push our­selves away from where we are at. We have been get­ting re­sults in the cup, but I would rather swap them for Cham­pi­onship re­sults.”

PIC­TURES: Ge­orge Phillipou/TGSPHOTO

ON THEIR WAY: Fed­erico Macheda scores the open­ing goal for Birm­ing­ham

HAPPY CHAP: Macheda

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