Next Game

Birm'ham v Reading

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Clark delighted with away form

Birmingham boss Lee Clark was pleased to continue his side's recent impressive away form with the 3-0 win at Sky Bet Championship strugglers Barnsley.

Last Updated: 30/11/13 at 19:05 Post Comment

Lee Clark: Happy to continue away form

Lee Clark: Happy to continue away form

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Paul Caddis' brace - his first Birmingham goals - put the visitors in control before Nikola Zigic sealed the three points eight minutes shy of half-time.

Full-back Caddis lashed a 25-yard shot into the bottom right-hand corner in the 13th minute and doubled his side's lead with a dubious penalty after Zigic went down under Jean-Yves M'Voto's challenge nine minutes later.

Zigic sealed the points with a perfectly executed chip over Jack Butland, following an error by Tykes midfielder Jim O'Brien.

Clark said it would be disrespectful to call the win comfortable but was happy with his team's display.

He said: "Our whole performance in the first half was very good but we knew Barnsley would regroup and come at us a little bit and take a few gambles and risks so we had to defend very, very well in the second half and we did that.

"I'm delighted that we got a clean sheet on top of three excellent goals.

"I'd had a look all week at the build-up to the game and what was being said from this (Barnsley's) side of the camp and I sensed that they were talking about it being a must-win and a pressure game, and a crunch match.

"I just wanted our players to come and express themselves. We've got a very, very young group and they did that.

"We handled the ball well, we caused problems and it caused tension around the stadium, which transferred itself on to the pitch a little bit and that plays into the away team's hands.

"We've been quite impressive away from home in the last few weeks, taken seven points from nine; tough games at Derby, Huddersfield and here so we're delighted with that return."

Clark, referring to the penalty incident, added: "The referee seemed to be in a good position.

"We've been on the end of some strange decisions this season and we've had to dust ourselves down, I'm sure David (Flitcroft) is frustrated with that. He did have a conversation as Nikola (Zigic) came off and he asked him hand on heart did he think it was a penalty and Nikola replied that he did."

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft did not attend the post-match press conference.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's a bloody good goal, though. Sh!t, the kid's gonna be the worlds best before we know it, isn't he? He's got the touch of genius in him. Like Neymar, but with muscles and stuff. He's doing a Ronaldo as we watch. He's bulked up to be able to ride the tackles, but he's improved technically as well. His touch is sublime. Bugger.

HarryBoulton
WATCH: Hazard's stunning goal

A

hhh, Jose arguing with another managers wife, clearest sign yet that we are going mental during the close season. I am rocking back and forth on my haunches.

hump3.
Jose hits back at Rafa's wife

I

t's only a matter of time before one of them throws in a yo mamma

lee
Jose hits back at Rafa's wife

Footer 365

Manchester United's Angel Di Maria close to PSG switch

Laurent Blanc claims Paris Saint-Germain are close to completing the signing of Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria.

Man Utd 0-2 PSG: Zlatan Ibrahimovic inspires win

Manchester United were denied a fourth consecutive pre-season victory as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat to PSG in Chicago.

Chelsea fail with £25m bid for Everton's John Stones

Everton have rejected an improved bid of £25m from Chelsea for centre-half John Stones, according to Sky sources.

Mail Box

Mails: This Is My Perfect Moment

Lots of Mailboxers channel their inner Martine McCutcheon to bring you their perfect footballing moments. Plus thoughts on Blatter, names, and Chelsea worries...

Mails: Let's Talk About Jose's Failures...

We don't talk about them because Chelsea won the title...but imagine if LVG or Brendan Rodgers had signed Juan Cuadrado. Plus, a trawl through the squads...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company