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BIRM­ING­HAM’S man­ager Lee Clark has told his rel­e­ga­tion threat­ened play­ers to cut out ‘the tricks and flicks’ – and just put the ball in the net!

Clark has made it clear his young play­ers need to grow up – and fast.

Clark said: “These young play­ers I’m bring­ing in have got to start to learn that it’s al­right do­ing the tricks and flicks to try and get yourself on Soc­cer AM with a lit­tle bit of skill here and there.

“But the name of the game is putting the ball in the net and that is what we have got to start teach­ing them to do.We have to win games. It will be a nail-bit­ing fin­ish to the sea­son.

“It isn’t what it looks like on the eye, it’s the end prod­uct that mat­ters. Come the end of sea­son no-one is talk­ing about your trick player, your flick player, your lit­tle dummy there, the lit­tle give-and-go, play 300 passes and not get very far.

“What they’re look­ing at is ‘what’s the score?’. Win­ning the game, that’s what it’s about.

“As I’ve said many times, they’ve got to be able to do the ugly side of the game.”

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