The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ian Baker To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

HOW Lee Clark must hate Fe­bru­ary 15. Two years ago he was given the sack by Hud­der­s­field on that date and yes­ter­day suf­fered mis­ery as his Birm­ing­ham side were eas­ily beaten by his for­mer club.

A first-half strike by Oliver Nor­wood and Adam Clay­ton’s sec­ond-half screamer gave the Ter­ri­ers a com­fort­able three points as the Blues home woes con­tin­ued.

They have just two wins at St Andrew’s all sea­son in the Cham­pi­onship and none since Oc­to­ber.

And Clark could not con­tain his rage af­ter­wards as he fu­ri­ously at­tacked his side be­fore storm­ing out of the post-match press con­fer­ence af­ter tak­ing ex­cep­tion to a ques­tion on his fu­ture.

“That was prob­a­bly our worst per­for­mance of the sea­son,” he said.

“Our press­ing game was ab­so­lutely aw­ful. It looks like we have people who fear play­ing in front of their own sup­port­ers which is out­ra­geous. They have not turned on us.

“Their goal­keeper prob­a­bly had his eas­i­est day in foot­ball.We try to con­vince our­selves about to­tal foot­ball but that’s not the Bri­tish way.

“I put the big man Nikola Zigic on and we still didn’t put balls in! Their de­fence and keeper must not have been able to be­lieve their luck!

“No-one can be happy putting money into that per­for­mance. I want to be in foot­ball for my fam­ily but they won't be proud of me af­ter that per­for­mance.

“It was pow­der puff. But it’s dif­fi­cult to put play­ers un­der pres­sure when you are pass­ing back to your own goal­keeper. When I played it was im­por­tant to get the ball in the other goal.

“It was never a one­goal deficit, they were far su­pe­rior to us.

“But I think I’m do­ing an un­be­liev­able job un­der my cir­cum­stances.”

Birm­ing­ham have not had a good sea­son with the dis­trac­tion of off the field prob­lems where fans con­tin­ued to shout for the exit of owner Carson Ye­ung and act­ing chair­man Peter Pannu.

Hud­der­s­field were in con­trol from the first whis­tle al­though Anthony Ger­rard missed an early sit­ter from Paul Dixon’s ex­cel­lent cor­ner.

But they were ahead on ten min­utes as Nor­wood fired in on the half-vol­ley fol­low­ing a de­light­ful pass by Danny Ward.

Birm­ing­ham strug­gled for any way back af­ter that as they strug­gled to force any de­cent chances and Hud­der­s­field with Clay­ton, Nor­wood and Ward all hav­ing fine games con­trolled the game.

And the vis­i­tors wrapped up the points on the hour with a beauty, Clay­ton fir­ing in from 25yards.

Birm­ing­ham did get an un­de­served goal deep into stop­page time as Olly Lee con­verted from Zigic’s knock­down but it was too late to mount any come­back.

“I thought we con­trolled the game for long parts and de­served it,” said Ter­ri­ers boss Mark Robins. “But it would have been great to have the clean sheet.

“They’re great lads, I re­ally en­joy work­ing with the group. Adam Clay­ton was out­stand­ing and I won’t have a go at him for try­ing worldies!

“Ward linked the play bril­liantly, his over­all game was out­stand­ing. We’d like to be chal­leng­ing for pro­mo­tion. Are we there yet? No, not at all.

“We will try and get some run of games and wins against teams around us. They are all tough matches com­ing up, mid-ta­ble or not we want to catch the team above us.

“I think the sup­port­ers here are bril­liant and be­hind Lee. But they are young all the way through the team.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

TER­RIER-IFIC: Oliver Nor­wood scores the first goal for Hud­der­s­field. In­set: Adam Clay­ton af­ter his win­ner


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