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Lee Clark furious at 'outrageous' Birmingham City

15 February 2014

Furious Birmingham City manager Lee Clark lambasted his players after an "outrageous" performance in their 2-1 Sky Bet Championship defeat at home to Huddersfield Town.

A visibly raging Clark took no positives whatsoever from an afternoon which saw his side's winless run at home extended to 11 games following an abject showing.

The visitors went ahead early on through Oliver Norwood and were coasting when Adam Clayton smashed home a second, with Clark's side showing nothing in return until Olly Lee's consolation deep into added time.

"That was probably our worst performance of the season and that's not taking anything away from Huddersfield, who played well," said the Blues boss, who fumed at suggestions his job may be under threat before storming out of the post-match press conference.

"It looks like we have people who fear playing in front of their own supporters. It's outrageous. The fans have not turned on us.

"The players have shown at certain times they can play at home.

"Their goalkeeper probably had his easiest day in football. You need to have home fans on the edge of their seats, we're not doing that. It's nonsensical."

He added: "We try to convince ourselves about total football but that's not the British way. The fans want to see excitement.

"I put the big man Nikola Zigic on and we still didn't put balls in. Their defence and keeper must have not been able to believe their luck.

"It was never a one-goal deficit, they were far superior to us."

Clark, operating on a shoestring budget with an inexperienced squad as the club's owner Carson Yeung fights legal problems in Hong Kong, bristled when asked whether he had any concerns over his position.

"I think I'm doing an unbelievable job under my circumstances," he said.

"You ask that question because you don't know the implications of what's going on."

Clark's opposite number Mark Robins was justifiably delighted with his side's performance.

The Terriers were poor in their 3-0 midweek defeat at home to Nottingham Forest but bounced back in style at St Andrew's.

"I thought we controlled the game for long parts and deserved it," he said. "But it would have been great to have the clean sheet.

"They are great lads, I really enjoy working with the group. They're young and I thought we were good and controlled the game.

"Adam Clayton was outstanding and I won't have a go at him for trying 'worldies', because some come off and some don't."

He added: "We'd like to be challenging for promotion. Are we there yet? No, not at all.

"We will try and get some run of games and wins against teams around us. They are all tough matches coming up, mid-table or not we want to catch the team above us."

Norwood had made the breakthrough in the 10th minute with a well-taken finish following an effervescent start, with Danny Ward's superb pass teeing up his opener.

Clayton then extended the lead with a superb drive from 25 yards which left goalkeeper Darren Randolph with little chance.

Birmingham, meanwhile, offered barely anything going forward until substitute Zigic nodded down Paul Caddis' cross for Lee to smash home for a late consolation.

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