Saturday, December 29, 2007

Birmingham City v Fulham - Pre-kick off lineups and quotes

Birmingham continue to manage without forward Olivier Kapo, who is struggling with a knee injury, and retain more or less the side that started the 3-0 win against Middlesbrough. That's; Maik Taylor, Kelly, Jaidi, Ridgewell, Queudrue, McSheffrey, Muamba, Johnson, Larsson, Jerome & Forssell. Subs: Nafti, O'Connor, Doyle, Sadler, De Ridder.

Fulham are without Moritz Volz after he was given a one-match ban for his red card in the 5-1 defeat against Tottenham on Boxing Day. We're also missing Aaron Hughes who picked up an injury in the same game and line up as follows; Niemi, Omosuzi, Stefanovic, Bocanegra, Konchesky, Davies, Murphy, Davis, Bouazza, Dempsey & Healy. Subs: Warner, Smertin, Kamara, Kuqi, Leijer.

Caretaker boss Ray Lewington continues to be candid. When asked about today's match, he highlighted one of our main weaknesses saying that "The problem with our side is that the team balance is not right. Physically we are not strong enough sometimes and even at set-pieces we always seem to be slightly smaller when we do the match-ups. We need to settle it down and be prepared to roll our sleeves up against Birmingham because it's a massive game for us now". It's something I've really noticed in our last couple of games, and whilst I'm not sure what Lew can do about it, but it's refreshing to hear a Manager talk about such things.

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