Hughton’s Headache

Birmingham welcome Barnsley to St Andrew’s on Saturday hoping to maintain their 100% domestic home record.

Chris Hughton’s team are yet to concede a league goal at home this season and will be boosted in defence by the return of Stephen Carr and Liam Ridgewell who both sat out the mid-week defeat at Manchester City with minor knocks.

Blues welcomed Nikola Zigic back into the fold during our Carling Cup reverse at the Etihad Stadium, leaving Hughton with a pleasant headache when he decides who should head the attack against the Tykes on Saturday afternoon.

Reflecting on the Manchester City game and looking forward to Barnsley, Chris Hughton told the official site: “I was delighted with the performance at Man City when we caused a threat and other pluses were that we were able to bring Zigic on and Fahey got 60 minutes under his belt.

“We are getting there. It was about getting some of the injuries back, which has made the squad look more healthy.

“We will approach this game in the same way as we do every game – get our preparation right, hope we pick the right team and hope we play well enough on the day.

“It will be a tough task. I have seen Barnsley play in recent weeks and they are a team who are in good form at the moment and playing very well.

“But I think that will be the same conversation I will have about every game.

“We don’t have any easy games and we have to make sure we are right up for this one.”

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