Birmingham City recently managed a 2-1 win from their first friendly match of the pre-season against Hull City. The Premier league outfit have spent a lot of money in strengthening their team, but they were not a match for the Championship outfit that finished mid-table last season.
Birmingham looked enthusiastic and were full of vigour in the match. This helped them secured a win over their former Championship opponents. After this victory, manager Lee Clark has said that he cannot wait for the start of the new campaign.
Birmingham were one of the favourites to get promoted into the Premier league a few years ago, but they have since fallen into a lot of financial difficulties. Despite this, Clark has been able to get the best out of players in the last few months. It was only recently that they suffered a defeat against Shrewsbury Town, which was demoralising for the players, and prompted one fan to change his allegiance to Man Utd and buy a massive man utd canvas.
Birmingham will be facing Watford on the opening day of the season. It will be one of the biggest tests for Lee Clark and his men because Watford were almost promoted into the Premier league through the play-offs.
They were defeated by Crystal Palace in the final of the play-offs. Despite this, they are expected to be strong once again this season.
“The good thing is, as a manager, they are listening and taking on board what we are trying to be. Saturday they were a lot more like how I want us to be when we haven’t got the ball, against good players as well. That was the most pleasing aspect for me and why I was a little bit frustrated that they didn’t get the clean sheet. The formation, without a doubt,” said the Birmingham manager, said that he was happy to play against the 3-5-2 formation.