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Blues boss Gary Rowett says Tesche has ar­rived at a cru­cial time, with Stephen Glee­son banned for three games.

“The tim­ing of it is ex­cel­lent and we’ve been able to add an­other mid­fielder to the ranks,” said Rowett.

Black­pool boss Lee Clark wants his rock-bot­tom side to stop play­ing with fear.

Ahead of the trip to his for­mer club, the Ge­ordie said: “I want the play­ers to ex­press them­selves and be in pos­i­tive po­si­tions.

“It’s not that I’m not un­leash­ing them – I’m try­ing to in the ma­jor­ity of the games and I am play­ing with two strik­ers.

“They seem to be play­ing with fear, but we want them to play on the front foot.

“Hope­fully, we can at Birm­ing­ham.” TI­TLE HEAT IS ON: Joe Hart MAURI­CIO PO­CHET­TINO ad­mits he needs to lift his Tot­ten­ham play­ers af­ter their dou­ble dose of mis­ery.

Spurs crashed out of the Europa League with a 2-0 de­feat to Fiorentina be­fore los­ing by the same score­line to Chelsea in the Cap­i­tal One Cup fi­nal just three days later.

That leaves the club with only a place in the Pre­mier League top four to battle for over the re­main­der of the sea­son.

But Po­chet­tino will stress to his squad the need to look ahead rather than linger on their re­cent losses.

“The tar­get is the next game,” he said.

“Now we have 12 games and we need to fin­ish the sea­son strongly. This is our ob­jec­tive and we need the three points against Swansea.

“We need to lift the play­ers, we need to put an idea in the group that this is the most im­por­tant game.

“It is dif­fi­cult. Ex­pec­ta­tion was big, but we need to for­get that and we need to fo­cus on one com­pe­ti­tion.”

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