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THE INSIDE TRACK: BIRMINGHAM CITY

26 January 2017

Our guide to Blues

NORWICH City host Birmingham City on Saturday (3pm) in the Sky Bet Championship.

Here we take a look at what the Canaries will come up against at Carrow Road.

IN THE PRESS
New Birmingham City recruit Emilio Nsue hopes his style of play can add a new dimension to Gianfranco Zola's side.

Having recently joined the club from Middlesbrough as a full-back, the Spaniard is equally comfortable further up the pitch as a winger.

Speaking to bcfc.com, Nsue said: "First, I am a defender and I know that's the most important thing.


"Sometimes, when the opposition winger is a little bit lazy, I like to get forward and put a lot of crosses in for our strikers. That's my style of play and I think I can help the club a lot because I can add to the team.

"The most important thing now is to win this weekend against Norwich. I'm very excited about playing my first game in a blue shirt." 

PREVIOUS MEETING
Birmingham City emerged as comfortable 3-0 winners when the two sides met at St. Andrew's earlier in the season.

The home side went in front midway through the first half when David Davis headed home a cross from the left by winger Jacques Maghoma.


Further chances to extend Blues' lead came and went, with Robert Tesche striking the bar before Clayton Donaldson doubled their advantage from the penalty-spot.

Donaldson then added his second with seven minutes remaining, capitalising on a loose back-pass to slot into the net and complete the scoring.

Maghoma proved to be menace throughout, but City won't have to deal with him this weekend; the DR Congo international is currently at the African Cup of Nations alongside Norwich's Youssouf Mulumbu.

BLUES TRIVIA
Initially formed in 1875 as Small Heath Alliance, they were founder members and first ever champions of the Football League Second Divison in 1892 while known as Small Heath.

They took on the name of 'Birmingham' in 1905, a year before moving to their current home of St. Andrew's Stadium, later adding the suffix of 'City' in 1943.


Blues hold the notable honour of being the first English club to reach a European Final, doing so when they were runners-up to Barcelona in the 1960 Fairs Cup final; also coming second a year later, this time to Roma.

Domestically, they won the 1963 League Cup with a famous victory over arch-rivals Aston Villa, securing the same trophy some 48 years later when they stunned Arsenal at Wembley.

In 1970, Trevor Francis became the first £1million player in history when he moved from Birmingham City to to Nottingham Forest having scored 133 goals in 328 appearances for the club.

Francis is second only to Joe Bradford in terms of goals scored for Birmingham, although his tally is almost exactly half of the 267 amassed by England international Bradford between 1920 and 1935.
 
THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Adam Legzdins, Connal Trueman, Tomasz Kuszczak.

Defenders: Emilio Nsue, Jonathan Grounds, Paul Robinson, Ryan Shotton, Josh Dacres-Cogley, Michael Morrison (c), Cheik Keita. 

Midfielders: Maikel Kieftenbeld, Robert Tesche, Stephen Gleeson, David Coterill, Craig Gardner, Charlee Adams, Viv Solomon-Otabor, Reece Brown, Jacques Maghoma, Kerim Frei, Koby Arthur, David Davis, Corey O'Keeffe.

Forwards: Clayton Donaldson, Diego Fabbrini, Che Adams, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Greg Stewart, Jack Storer, Nicolai Brock-Madsen.



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