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Clark praises keeper Butland

Birmingham boss Lee Clark praised goalkeeper Jack Butland after he produced a superb display in their 1-1 draw with Charlton at The Valley.

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Jack Butland: Produced a superb display against Charlton

Jack Butland: Produced a superb display against Charlton

The 19-year-old, who signed for Stoke for £3.3million last month and was loaned back to Birmingham, was in superb form as he constantly denied the Addicks before finally being beaten by Yann Kermorgant's 88th-minute header.

The home side thought that they had won the game until Wade Elliott pounced deep into injury time to extend the Blues' unbeaten run to five game.

"As Tony Pulis says, 'I have got the bargain of the century'," said Clark.

"He is an exceptional talent, one of the best young talents in Europe and every day he improves as he has got that desire and determination. How many young lads would have turned down the opportunity to go and play for Chelsea?

"He looked at the football side of it and he wants to play and educate himself and couldn't see himself in their first team for a while yet. That for me shows you what the lad is about, that's why he is going to be a top keeper.

"It won't be long before Jack is pushing Joe Hart to be the number one - and I think Joe knows that.

"We are really pleased with a point and it shows the character of the group as this isn't the first time we have scored a late goal to take something from the game."

Butland saved efforts from Ricardo Fuller, Johnnie Jackson and Lawrie Wilson in the first half before twice denying Scott Wagstaff after the break with superb agility.

The draw leaves Birmingham in 16th place with 38 points from 31 games.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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