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Clark: Hall was set for start

Robert Hall was poised for his first Birmingham start before a bout of sickness ruled him out of Tuesday night's 1-1 draw at Blackpool.

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Robert Hall: Birmingham's loan star from West Ham was set for start

Robert Hall: Birmingham's loan star from West Ham was set for start

On-loan West Ham youngster Hall impressed with a lively cameo during Saturday's 3-2 defeat to Derby and was set to be rewarded by boss Lee Clark.

But Clark revealed the 19-year-old fell ill in the team hotel on Tuesday afternoon when he was briefing the Blues squad for the match.

"When we were in the hotel talking about the game, watching footage and talking through the tactics, Robert Hall became ill in the meeting," he said. "We had to stop the meeting halfway through when he was ill, sent him to bed and tried to get a bit of food into him. That didn't work, it didn't stay down.

"His 35 minutes on Saturday were excellent. He was going to start, in that system he would have been excellent for us with his pace, his directness and his penetration.

"Unfortunately it wasn't to be and he's a big doubt for Friday now because the doc seems to think this isn't just going to be a 24-hour thing. This is the first time someone's vomited during my team talks so that's a new one!"

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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