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CHRIS READY FOR ANOTHER SCRAP

Posted on 9 January 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton is expecting another battle against a team fighting for Premiership survival when Birmingham City arrive at the Lane on Boxing Day.

Chris Hughton is expecting another battle against a team fighting for Premiership survival when Birmingham City arrive at the Lane on Boxing Day.

Steve Bruce’s side go into Christmas one off the bottom of the Premiership with 12 points from 16 games - surprisingly, their form at St Andrews has been the problem with just one win and six defeats in eight games. By comparison, they’ve only lost four of eight away games.

Our previous two homes matches have been against Portsmouth and Sunderland - both in the bottom three - and we’ve had to pick ourselves up from the shock of conceding the opening goal despite dominating in both games.

On both occasions we hit back to score three goals and win but those games have underlined again the potential threat from any side in the Premiership.

Those games showed that there are no easy games in the Premiership

“This is a very similar game to Sunderland and Portsmouth and we’ve had to work hard to win against those teams who were down at the bottom of the table,†said coach Chris.

“Birmingham have been very up and down and probably the most unfortunate in terms of the injuries they’ve had, certainly earlier in the season.

“But they are team fighting and they are capable of producing good football and winning football on their day because of the players they have. They certainly have enough quality in the squad.â€Â