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    Birmingham City V West Ham United

    Post  Jiggs on Sat 24 Dec 2011, 1:35 am

    Birmingham City V West Ham United



    Venue: St Andrew's
    Date: Monday 26 December 2011
    Kick-off: 1730 GMT
    Coverage: Listen live on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC local radio



    Championship


    TEAM NEWS


    Birmingham will be without Curtis Davies (suspension) and Jean Beausejour (calf) but Pablo Ibanez is set to step in at the back for the Boxing Day game.

    Liam Ridgewell (thigh) could also feature after missing seven weeks.

    Injury-hit West Ham hope Julian Faubert (thigh) and Abdoulaye Faye (hamstring) will be able to play despite picking up injuries against Barnsley.

    John Carew is a doubt with a back spasm but Henri Lansbury is fit again and Joey O'Brien is back after a ban.



    MATCH FACTS
    Head-to-head




    • Birmingham have won 40, drawn 20 and lost 23 of 92 competitive matches against West Ham since 1919.

    • Birmingham had the better of the exchanges from their four meetings last season; picking up four points from the Premier League clashes, and winning 4-3 on aggregate in the Carling Cup semi-finals.

    • This is the first time in nine seasons that these clubs are facing each other at second league level.



    Birmingham City


    • 14th placed Birmingham, who have lost three of their last four league games, are defending one of the two remaining unbeaten home records in the Championship.

    • Chris Hughton has seen his side win their last three league and cup games at St Andrews.

    • Blues have kept clean sheets in their last three Boxing Day fixtures, and have not lost in four, since defeat to Tottenham in 2005.



    West Ham United


    • West Ham, one place and one point behind leaders Southampton, are vying for an eighth win in 11 outings and are enjoying their best start to a league season in 21 years.

    • Defeat to Reading in their last game on the road, followed four straight away wins and means Sam Allardyce's men are still boasting the best away record in the division.

    • The Hammers are hoping to win for the fourth successive year on Boxing Day, and need to score once to total 800 goals in second level league football away from home.



    Come On You Irons!!!


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    Re: Birmingham City V West Ham United

    Post  Admin on Sat 24 Dec 2011, 9:23 am

    Another nice Match fred darlin

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    Re: Birmingham City V West Ham United

    Post  Arran H on Sat 24 Dec 2011, 11:49 am

    Think I will be happy to come away with a point from st.Andrews tho 3 points and a saints defeat would be brilliant WH Flag

    Come on you Hammers !
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    Re: Birmingham City V West Ham United

    Post  Admin on Sat 24 Dec 2011, 12:19 pm

    3 pints from both would be brilliant and put lots of presure on those around us


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    Post  Jiggs on Sat 24 Dec 2011, 9:33 pm

    Admin wrote:Another nice Match fred darlin

    My pleasure darlin' Smile


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    Re: Birmingham City V West Ham United

    Post  IronDane on Sun 25 Dec 2011, 10:56 am

    Geezer is probably right. Although it would be nice to see ourselves in the pole position, a Sampton win would suit both clubs. 10 point gap between 2nd and 3rd come May and West Ham in 2nd or 1st, that's all that matters Smile We just gotta win the rest of our games coyi!

    Looking very much forward to this match myself. I hate Brum! Our arch nemesis from last year and also Arsenal's. I have my Arsenal mates coming over to watch this and for once it is actually on TV! wohoo Time to put Brum to bed, bloody wankers!
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    Post  Admin on Sun 25 Dec 2011, 11:31 am

    Got it on the box here as well ID , had about 5/6 games on the trot at the begining of the season and one a few weeks ago
    ,lets hope for many more

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    Post  Admin on Sun 25 Dec 2011, 12:48 pm

    Sam Allardyce is banking on his West Ham United players to maintain the best away record in the npower Championship at St Andrews on Boxing Day.

    The Hammers head to Birmingham City for the halfway mark of the season looking to make it eight wins from 12 on the road this season, but the manager knows the team cannot afford another slip like the last awayday at Reading.

    Injuries and two dismissal contributed to a 3-0 victory that was at odds with the season as a whole. Jack Collison is still suspended and doubts over Julien Faubert, Abdoulaye Faye and John Carew's fitness linger from last weekend's 1-0 home win against Barnsley. Matt Taylor, who has seen a specialist in Germany, Winston Reid and Sam Baldock are all not yet ready to come back into the reckoning.

    Joey O'Brien could return after serving a ban while Faubert, Henri Lansbury and Kevin Nolan have to avoid a yellow card at Birmingham and then Derby County on New Year's Eve to avoid picking up their own one-match suspension.

    How is the team shaping up for Boxing Day? You are looking for a Middlesbrough performance rather than Reading?

    SA: We are hoping that we can first produce that sort of form. The key problem with us has been our injury problems combined with suspensions. Getting the best team we can out on the field is what it is about and hoping it can perform to that sort of level again. We are hoping for that at Birmingham.

    What is the latest injury news?

    SA: On top of three players one game away from a suspension,Julien Faubert has a tight hamstring and is touch and go and Abdoulaye Faye probably won't make it on top of Jack Collison being suspended. We are short in a number of different areas.

    John Carew should be OK after a back spasm. We had to play Dan Potts at the age of 17 last week and he will stay with us. It was a fantastic debut and hopefully he can produce another performance like that. He was part of the strangest back four I have put out but we got a clean sheet. The lads have done very well coping with adversity.

    How do you cope with the Christmas schedule?

    SA: There is two distractions at this time of year. One is the celebration that happens over Christmas with everyone overindulging in every way shape or form they can, while we have to restrain ourselves from that if we can and steer clear of our family and friends at times.

    The other is the transfer window with the speculation around that and who is coming and going and so on. It is a big distraction but we just have to focus on the next 90 minutes and making sure we are prepared to give our very best.

    How do you prepare for a 5.30pm kick-off?

    SA: We would have preferred it to not be 5.30pm but rather 3pm in the afternoon or maybe even earlier because it is a long time waiting from when you get up on the morning of the game, while it is not enough time for the players to rest up in the afternoon.

    It is a bit of an awkward time. We have to deal with it on several occasions throughout the season and hopefully it won't detract from our performance.

    You and Chris Hughton had similar tasks this summer with relegated clubs?

    SA: Chris will know what we have gone through. It will be good to see him, i am glad he got back into the game at Birmingham because of his bitter disappointment of losing his position at Newcastle which he didn't deserve.

    He is back and he is dealing well with difficult times. It was difficult for me to deal with the problems I had at west ham with relegation but their problems are far greater than ours and he is doing a good job.
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    Re: Birmingham City V West Ham United

    Post  Admin on Mon 26 Dec 2011, 2:28 pm

    A storm hit Sweden last night by the name of Gudren , had to be a women , anyway we have no power and for the 1st time in months we got the game on the box . So updates on here will be great .
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    Re: Birmingham City V West Ham United

    Post  Kray JR on Mon 26 Dec 2011, 4:54 pm

    Boro take the lead at home against Hull to go above us. Sad
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    Re: Birmingham City V West Ham United

    Post  Tony P on Mon 26 Dec 2011, 4:59 pm

    Birmingham City: Myhill, Murphy, Caldwell, Ibanez, Burke, N'Daw, King, Beausejour, Fahey, Spector, Wood
    Subs: Doyle, Ridgewell, Mutch, Zigic, Redmond

    West Ham United: Green, O'Brien, Tomkins, McCartney, Potts, Noble, Diop, Nolan, Faubert, Cole, Piquionne
    Subs: Boffin, O'Neil, Sears, Lansbury, Carew
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    Re: Birmingham City V West Ham United

    Post  Suzanne Claret on Mon 26 Dec 2011, 5:05 pm

    COYI

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    Re: Birmingham City V West Ham United

    Post  Kray JR on Mon 26 Dec 2011, 5:10 pm

    hopefully Piquionne will put in a shift today unlike the Barnsley match. Lets hit the target today FFS.

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    Re: Birmingham City V West Ham United

    Post  Suzanne Claret on Mon 26 Dec 2011, 5:13 pm

    Mate, if Piquionne will put in a shift today I'll eat my own head!!
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    Re: Birmingham City V West Ham United

    Post  Kray JR on Mon 26 Dec 2011, 5:16 pm

    if LazyC***s was one word and in the dictionary there would be pictures of Piquionne, Cole and Carew as examples underneath it.

    finguck hate it when we have them all in the matchday squad, waste of 1 if not two shirts.

    Recall Hall and then dont stick him on the bench. angry2
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    Re: Birmingham City V West Ham United

    Post  Suzanne Claret on Mon 26 Dec 2011, 5:24 pm

    Abso-finguck-lutely
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    Post  Kray JR on Mon 26 Dec 2011, 5:25 pm

    George, Nolan and Les Miserables all one yellow away from suspension.
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    Re: Birmingham City V West Ham United

    Post  Kray JR on Mon 26 Dec 2011, 5:28 pm

    Caldwell in Brums back four, any chance of Piquionne and Cole remembering that they can be quite quick when they remember to finguck move ?
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    Re: Birmingham City V West Ham United

    Post  Kray JR on Mon 26 Dec 2011, 5:32 pm

    35 seconds and the ref already having a word with Nolan Rolling Eyes
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    Re: Birmingham City V West Ham United

    Post  Kray JR on Mon 26 Dec 2011, 5:33 pm

    fcuk me Faubert got a cross in :shock:
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    Re: Birmingham City V West Ham United

    Post  Kray JR on Mon 26 Dec 2011, 5:34 pm

    finguck get in CC 50th hammers goal
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    Re: Birmingham City V West Ham United

    Post  Kray JR on Mon 26 Dec 2011, 5:51 pm

    Cole and Piquionne still struggling with simple stuff angry2
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    Re: Birmingham City V West Ham United

    Post  Kray JR on Mon 26 Dec 2011, 6:20 pm

    Good half but we should be out of sight.

    finguck up with some simple stuff. Greeno great save from a free kick and Myhill keeping them in the match with an awesome save from CC before half time.

    Get Piquionne off....waste of a shirt apart from one flick on near the end of the half.

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    Re: Birmingham City V West Ham United

    Post  Arran H on Mon 26 Dec 2011, 6:24 pm

    We need to get a 2nd goal early on in the 2nd half - didnt like the way birmingham were getting back in the game .... We need Lansbury on the pitch to create more chances etc - Take off piquionne bring Lansbury WH Flag

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    Re: Birmingham City V West Ham United

    Post  Arran H on Mon 26 Dec 2011, 6:40 pm

    Piquionne should NOT be on the pitch he is useless !!! bring on lansbury for him now BFS FFS !!!

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