THE PREVIEW: Blues V Huddersfield Town


Blues take on Huddersfield Town tomorrow afternoon at St Andrews and Rowett will want to turn the recent form around.

Without main striker Donaldson, Blues have found it hard to break the deadlock. Brock-Madsen has come into the fray and got some above average minutes in but it hasn’t been enough to break teams down.

The Danish forward did however help set up the goal against high flying Brighton at the weekend. Hopefully we see a bit more composure from him infront of goal, hopefully this weekend as new loanee signing James Vaughan is not able to play against his parent club tomorrow.

Blues do have another striking option in new signing Greg Halford, who can opporate in 3 positions, one being up front, so we may see him enter the fray.

Star man: Jon Toral
Star man: Jon Toral

Team News

Blues have no new injury concerns however Clayton Donaldson and David Cotterill remain sidelined and are expected to make a return for the Sheffield Wednesday game. Paul Robinson’s injury to his quadricep looks to keep him out longer.

Greg Halford will be in the Blues First Team squad for the first time since his move from Rotherham United.

Wagner has Mustapha Carayol (ineligible) and Harry Bunn (suspension) back for Saturday’s game and heralded the importance of having all his players to choose from.


Manager’s views

Town coach Wagner on the Birmingham challenge:

“We’ve had a good training week until this moment; intensive, hard work. We feel that we are prepared for the game against Birmingham. It will be a hard match and we will have to work very hard to get the performance and result – but this is what we will do.

“We have a lot of targets for Saturday that we will try to get. We would like to have our first clean sheet together and we would like to get our first points through our first victory. We know that we will have to work very hard for this, but I’m sure we will do this.”

Rowett on the game:

“It’s very early in the season to say we need the win. I agree that it’s an important game, we want to put to bed this little run at home. Although it’s not been a continuous one, punctuated with the Blackburn game and the QPR win, but we have certainly not won as many games as we would like at home. I don’t think we have been a million miles away in some of those games. You look at the Charlton game; we created more than enough chances to win a couple of games and couldn’t quite take them. I certainly think we will have to be a little bit more clinical.”

“We have looked at one or two things at home, that’s natural when you are not doing as well as you would like. To keep doing the same things is obviously not something we want to do. We want to be a bit more proactive and that is possibly something we will try to do Saturday. But I don’t think you can go too far away from your principles. Should we start trying to reinvent the real and do something really radical do you start then changing it from game to game – away from home – then back at home? We would like to get a result this weekend but we are respectful of the fact Huddersfield have improved in the three games in which David Wagner has been in charge.”

Head to head

Blues still sit in 6th, but only on goal difference, whereas Huddersfield sit in the bottom three in 22nd.

Blues have only lost 1 of the last 5 meetings, the last visit ending in a 1-1 at St Andrews.

Recent form:

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