SPECTOR IMPRESSED

The former West Ham and American International defender Jonathan Spector has said that he is extremely impressed by the quality shown by the youngsters at Birmingham City.

The injury crisis currently faced by the club has led to the arrival of several youngsters onto the scene in order to cope up with the injury problems for the manager. In the recent match against Cardiff City, Birmingham had as many as 11 players unavailable for the match. As a result, the manager Lee Clark had no other option but to utilise as many as 7 youngsters against Cardiff.

Even the Birmingham lost the match 1-0, the defender Jonathan Spector, who is one of the experienced members of the squad, said that he is extremely impressed with the attitude and the quality shown by the youngsters against Cardiff. This match was always going to be tough for Birmingham because Cardiff are flying high in the Championship table.

Birmingham are just four points above the relegation zone. The financial difficulties faced by the club means that they are unlikely to strengthen in terms of new players during January. Hence, they are unlikely to depend on the same group of youngsters that played a vital role in the match against Cardiff City during the weekend.

"To be fair to the younger players, they've done brilliantly and haven't needed much help. They've got a lot of enthusiasm and character - players like Mitch Hancox who has been at the club for years and loves the club. I think that's football - there's always uncertainty at every club [in January] no matter where you are. For us players, it's up to us to concern ourselves to what happens on the pitch," said the defender after Cardiff match, which left the team in the 20th position.

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