Blues boss Steve Bruce is sweating over the fitness of summer signing and Tuesday night's match-winner Emile Heskey, Clinton Morrison and Stan Lazaridis for Saturday's clash at the Lane with David Dunn, Jamie Clapham and suspended Robbie Savage already out.
"They had a few problems in the end on Tuesday night," said coach Chris. "They started the game very well, scored a very good goal through Heskey and the first half performance was better than the second half.
"But they coped well in the second half considering Heskey went off, Lazaridis went off and they also took off Forssell for the last 10 minutes. Considering that, they did ever so well.
"Steve Bruce has brought players in to give the side more quality and that's exactly what those players have done. Both wide players, Gray and Gronkjaer, did well, you know what you get from Izzet and Heskey took his goal well.
"They play a 4-4-2, as they did last season, with a work ethic that everyone is aware of. But they have real quality in there as well and it would be no surprise if they end up finishing higher than last season."
Chris Hughton was at St Andrews to watch Birmingham beat Manchester City on Tuesday and reports that although they may have a few injury worries, they now have the quality in-depth to cope.