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HUGHTON WANTS BETTER

Birmingham City manager Chris Hughton has said that the club should do a lot better in the second leg if they are to make it into the final of the play-offs.

Birmingham City lost the first leg of the play-off semi-final against Blackpool 1-0.

They will be having the second leg at home, which will be a massive advantage according to manager Chris Hughton. It has been a tough year for Birmingham City, but they have managed to qualify for the play-offs position. It will be a massive achievement for Chris Hughton is he was to get his financially threatened the club to the Premier league.

HUGHTON - WE DESERVE CHANCE

Birmingham City manager Chris Hughton has said that the players at the club deserve a chance to be in the play-offs given the way they have performed this season.

Birmingham have been hit by a number of financial problems this season mainly due to their Hong Kong owner.

HUGHTON PLAYS DOWN CHANCES

Birmingham City manager Chris Hughton has said that he had the opportunity to finish in the play-offs this season, but are facing a tough run of fixtures.

Birmingham City have the chance to secure their place in the play-off positions, which will guarantee them the opportunity to fight for a place in the Premier league next season.

JEWELL IN HOT WATER

Former Wigan Athletic manager Paul Jewell was at the centre of other controversy after he criticised the female match officials.

Andy Gray was one of the last high-profile names to be charged with the sexism row, and Paul Jewell has become the latest one to be embroiled in this situation.

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HIGH HOPES FOR BUTLAND

Jack Butland is the new name that is being whispered on the mouths of the fans of Birmingham City. This 18 year old lad has shown quite some skill on the training ground and has been selected by Chris Hughton to make his debut for Birmingham City very soon.

Jack has shown immense skills since his return from his loan spell at Cheltenham Town – a spell which has seen him become hot property in the January transfer window by other lower league football clubs keen to use his talent.

ZIGIC NETS POINT

Nikola Zigic, a second-half substitute, proved to be the vital link for Birmingham city, with the giant striker helping them to net a point against Blackpool.

Birmingham have made a lot of progress in the League this season, despite struggling with a lot of financial issues. Thankfully, these financial issues have not prevented them from making an impression on the pitch.

They opened the scoring in the match against Blackpool after 29th minute through Marlon King, though their lead didn't last long - Blackpool equalised through Crainey within two minutes.

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BIRMINGHAM AGREES TOWARDS CHANGES

Birmingham City Council has agreed to change the employee payments. If approved next month, about 26,000 staff could be affected as the council looks to save £212m in 2011/12.

Unions have warned of industrial action after the council said on Friday that 7,000 jobs must go by 2015.

Workers could now be asked to work evenings or weekends for no extra money, Roger Jenkins from the GMB said.

The lowest paid workers would be most affected, he added.

Some 30 union officials and workers lobbied councillors ahead of the cabinet meeting on Monday.

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BIRMINGHAM CONFIDENT OF MILLER SIGNING

Birmingham city have revealed that they are pretty confident of signing Kenny Miller from the Scotland. The Midlands club had an offer of about £700,000 accepted by Rangers last week, but Fiorentina were also bidding to sign the Scotland international.

However, reports from Italy suggest that the Serie A club's interest in the 31-year-old is cooling.

"We are still talking to Kenny," said McLeish. "He has not rejected any offers as he keeps his options open."

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BIRMINGHAM PLAYER MOVES ON LOAN

Kidderminster Harriers have signed Birmingham youngsters Lindfield and McPike on loan deal. Accrington Stanley frontman Craig Lindfield, 22, has moved to Aggborough on a month-long deal.

And young midfielder Mitch McPike, brother of injured Harriers trialist James, has joined from Birmingham City on a deal which expires on 1 January.

Both are available to make their debut for sixth-placed Harriers in Tuesday's home clash with York City.

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BIRMINGHAM TARGET PREMIER LEAGUE SURVIVAL

Birmingham are aiming to remain in the Premier League this season according to manager Alex McLeish. McLeish’s side were heavily tipped to be relegated last season, but surprised many by finishing in ninth place on their return to the Premier League, thanks to a miserly defence and a stellar season from on-loan goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Birmingham have seen Hart return to his parent club, Manchester City, but McLeish was able to acquire Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster and Valencia striker Nikola Zigic for £6 million each.