Lee Clark believes Birmingham City deserved 'at least a point' at Watford

Lee Clark at the final whistle. Picture: Action Images

Lee Clark at the final whistle. Picture: Action Images

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Lee Clark felt Birmingham City deserved at least a point from tonight's defeat at Vicarage Road.

The Blues suffered their second loss of the campaign against the Hornets, again through a Troy Deeney goal, but they hit the woodwork twice in the first half and almost snatched a point through a late Aaron Martin header.

Clark said: “We deserved something from the game without a shadow of a doubt. Our second-half performance was very, very good. First half I had too many regrets. I know we hit the post a couple of times from long-range efforts but we didn’t put them under enough pressure.

“We had some great set-play deliveries from the best player on the pitch by a million miles, Emyr Huws, the stand-out performer and we had some terrific situations from his set-plays but we played too much tippy-tappy football at the back and not getting the ball forward and playing in Watford’s half. We did in the second half and we caused them lots of problems and we should have got something from the game, at least a point."

He continued: “I’m disappointed for the players and I’m frustrated that we the lost the game to such a poor goal because we should have got a block on the shot.

"You’ve got to be prepared to get hurt to stop the ball going in your goal, you’ve got to do anything that’s legal in the game to make sure the ball doesn’t go in your net and we didn’t show enough desire to stop the ball going in the net.”

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11:17pm Tue 11 Feb 14

stewbyhorn says...

Sorry lee I completely disagree, your team we're very poor and deserved to lose, awful team
Sorry lee I completely disagree, your team we're very poor and deserved to lose, awful team stewbyhorn
  • Score: 40

12:11am Wed 12 Feb 14

VOReason says...

They are an average team ... Their tempo and passing probably outdid ours on a day that we were average ... But they created very very little!
They are an average team ... Their tempo and passing probably outdid ours on a day that we were average ... But they created very very little! VOReason
  • Score: 13

2:38am Wed 12 Feb 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

I can never really understand much of Lee Clark's analysis of games. Seems to see things differently to the way I do that's for sure.
I can never really understand much of Lee Clark's analysis of games. Seems to see things differently to the way I do that's for sure. The BestTrip2011
  • Score: 9

7:48am Wed 12 Feb 14

The Not-so-enlightened one says...

Think he's completely deluded. We weren't great, but they were truly 5hite! In fact they were almost as bad as that referee, where did they get him from?
Think he's completely deluded. We weren't great, but they were truly 5hite! In fact they were almost as bad as that referee, where did they get him from? The Not-so-enlightened one
  • Score: 11

8:21am Wed 12 Feb 14

lennyj says...

If you can't or don't score goals you don't deserve anything, or am I misunderstanding the aim of the game?
If you can't or don't score goals you don't deserve anything, or am I misunderstanding the aim of the game? lennyj
  • Score: 8

9:42am Wed 12 Feb 14

Wimbledonhorn says...

In fairness they were the better side in the second half and could easily have grabbed an injury time goal. However the ref was probably one of the poorest i've seen in a long long time. How he and his linesmen missed the blatent first half 'penalty' when the birmingham player punched the ball clear is beyond me..
In fairness they were the better side in the second half and could easily have grabbed an injury time goal. However the ref was probably one of the poorest i've seen in a long long time. How he and his linesmen missed the blatent first half 'penalty' when the birmingham player punched the ball clear is beyond me.. Wimbledonhorn
  • Score: 11

9:42am Wed 12 Feb 14

SamTheEagle says...

Birmingham are the worst team I've seen at Vicarage Road in a long, long time and thanks to inept refereeing – by someone who makes Stuart Attwell look competent – almost managed to drag us down to their level. Birmingham got what they deserved – nothing!
Birmingham are the worst team I've seen at Vicarage Road in a long, long time and thanks to inept refereeing – by someone who makes Stuart Attwell look competent – almost managed to drag us down to their level. Birmingham got what they deserved – nothing! SamTheEagle
  • Score: 8

10:42am Wed 12 Feb 14

Watford Voice of reason says...

I agree that Birmingham were the better team in the second half and at times we were in danger of capitulating by defending far too deep, but we ground out a valuable and well deserved win. Deeney (my MOTM) was awesome chasing down a number of lost causes and winning corners. Birmingham were awful for much of the first half, we were only average and were sloppy at times. How many times did they get away with late tackles or off the ball incidents when neither lino or Referee had their eyes open? Stonewall penalty also not seen by either in first half. Ref was the worst I have seen this year....even waving Fessie back on after treatment and then stopping the game to tell him off for coming back on to the field. Awful, awful officials' performance!
I agree that Birmingham were the better team in the second half and at times we were in danger of capitulating by defending far too deep, but we ground out a valuable and well deserved win. Deeney (my MOTM) was awesome chasing down a number of lost causes and winning corners. Birmingham were awful for much of the first half, we were only average and were sloppy at times. How many times did they get away with late tackles or off the ball incidents when neither lino or Referee had their eyes open? Stonewall penalty also not seen by either in first half. Ref was the worst I have seen this year....even waving Fessie back on after treatment and then stopping the game to tell him off for coming back on to the field. Awful, awful officials' performance! Watford Voice of reason
  • Score: 8

11:42am Wed 12 Feb 14

Poppet Bear says...

Sorry Brum, no goals, no points. That's footy !!!!
Sorry Brum, no goals, no points. That's footy !!!! Poppet Bear
  • Score: 4

11:47am Wed 12 Feb 14

bushey tales says...

We don't get enough of those - when a team turns up and plays so badly we're able to get three priceless points without really doing anything. I agree the officials were awful but did feel there was an element of chickens coming home to roost in the second half, by which time the referee appeared to have become so exasperated by the diving and rolling around that he decided to give us nothing, regardless of whether a foul had actually been committed. It was difficult to see up the far end, but the second-half incident with Forestieri, between the dug-outs and the Rookery, where he arched his body and threw himself violently forwards, as if taken out by a sniper from the Upper Rous, was just embarrassing. It was right in front of us and there was simply no contact. I wish he wouldn't do that - he takes a right battering from defenders but lets himself down when feigning injury like that. Meanwhile I'd suggest we've found a proper player in Tozser. I wonder if it's any coincidence that as a fluent English speaker he's come in, looked at home and contributed straight away. It must help.
We don't get enough of those - when a team turns up and plays so badly we're able to get three priceless points without really doing anything. I agree the officials were awful but did feel there was an element of chickens coming home to roost in the second half, by which time the referee appeared to have become so exasperated by the diving and rolling around that he decided to give us nothing, regardless of whether a foul had actually been committed. It was difficult to see up the far end, but the second-half incident with Forestieri, between the dug-outs and the Rookery, where he arched his body and threw himself violently forwards, as if taken out by a sniper from the Upper Rous, was just embarrassing. It was right in front of us and there was simply no contact. I wish he wouldn't do that - he takes a right battering from defenders but lets himself down when feigning injury like that. Meanwhile I'd suggest we've found a proper player in Tozser. I wonder if it's any coincidence that as a fluent English speaker he's come in, looked at home and contributed straight away. It must help. bushey tales
  • Score: 5

12:49pm Wed 12 Feb 14

rogeruk says...

Report from Birmingham mail today:

Clark made two changes to the side and for the opening half-an-hour Blues were far more comfortable than their hosts, who seem to have turned from devastating (on their day) top six material and play-off finalists to Championship bog standard.

Oh Dear the Green eye is rampant and so many sour grapes!
Report from Birmingham mail today: Clark made two changes to the side and for the opening half-an-hour Blues were far more comfortable than their hosts, who seem to have turned from devastating (on their day) top six material and play-off finalists to Championship bog standard. Oh Dear the Green eye is rampant and so many sour grapes! rogeruk
  • Score: 2

3:06pm Wed 12 Feb 14

lutondown says...

bushey tales wrote:
We don't get enough of those - when a team turns up and plays so badly we're able to get three priceless points without really doing anything. I agree the officials were awful but did feel there was an element of chickens coming home to roost in the second half, by which time the referee appeared to have become so exasperated by the diving and rolling around that he decided to give us nothing, regardless of whether a foul had actually been committed. It was difficult to see up the far end, but the second-half incident with Forestieri, between the dug-outs and the Rookery, where he arched his body and threw himself violently forwards, as if taken out by a sniper from the Upper Rous, was just embarrassing. It was right in front of us and there was simply no contact. I wish he wouldn't do that - he takes a right battering from defenders but lets himself down when feigning injury like that. Meanwhile I'd suggest we've found a proper player in Tozser. I wonder if it's any coincidence that as a fluent English speaker he's come in, looked at home and contributed straight away. It must help.
Ah Wails, how are you? See they wheeled you on
For the game eh? Hope you didn't leave to much
Spittle on the seats...
Anyway, niceties over with and moving on, good to
See your Fessi bashing continues and you make a
Point of choosing one incident over the many where
He was being fouled and as usual given no protection
By another inept ref and myopic linos.
Enjoy tea... Is it mushy everything that'll end up
More on your bib than in your mouth?
Cracking
[quote][p][bold]bushey tales[/bold] wrote: We don't get enough of those - when a team turns up and plays so badly we're able to get three priceless points without really doing anything. I agree the officials were awful but did feel there was an element of chickens coming home to roost in the second half, by which time the referee appeared to have become so exasperated by the diving and rolling around that he decided to give us nothing, regardless of whether a foul had actually been committed. It was difficult to see up the far end, but the second-half incident with Forestieri, between the dug-outs and the Rookery, where he arched his body and threw himself violently forwards, as if taken out by a sniper from the Upper Rous, was just embarrassing. It was right in front of us and there was simply no contact. I wish he wouldn't do that - he takes a right battering from defenders but lets himself down when feigning injury like that. Meanwhile I'd suggest we've found a proper player in Tozser. I wonder if it's any coincidence that as a fluent English speaker he's come in, looked at home and contributed straight away. It must help.[/p][/quote]Ah Wails, how are you? See they wheeled you on For the game eh? Hope you didn't leave to much Spittle on the seats... Anyway, niceties over with and moving on, good to See your Fessi bashing continues and you make a Point of choosing one incident over the many where He was being fouled and as usual given no protection By another inept ref and myopic linos. Enjoy tea... Is it mushy everything that'll end up More on your bib than in your mouth? Cracking lutondown
  • Score: 1

3:56pm Wed 12 Feb 14

bushey tales says...

What the hell am I doing with a score of +4? That's at least ten points ahead of my best-ever rating. I assumed the Downies would have me in the negative twenties well before teatime. I can only admire your vigilant patrolling of the site though. I try to tip-toe quietly onto the end of what I hoped would be a redundant thread to expound my long-established prejudices, but you still track me down, **** you. I'm sorry, as ever we'll have to agree to disagree, but I firmly believe FF to be wasting his considerable talents with these boring histrionics. If he was useless I wouldn't be remotely bothered, it's just that he could be an outstanding contributor to the club but for compromising that ability with the diving, card-waving, rolling around and associated theatrics. I mean that booking last night - what was he thinking? Did he assume Lino wouldn't spot it? And as for the Upper Rous sniper incident.....please. I'm sorry, he could be a fine player but behaving like that, he's embarrassing. Anyway, I'll go now - my tea is in the liquidiser. You carry on defending the indefensible.
What the hell am I doing with a score of +4? That's at least ten points ahead of my best-ever rating. I assumed the Downies would have me in the negative twenties well before teatime. I can only admire your vigilant patrolling of the site though. I try to tip-toe quietly onto the end of what I hoped would be a redundant thread to expound my long-established prejudices, but you still track me down, **** you. I'm sorry, as ever we'll have to agree to disagree, but I firmly believe FF to be wasting his considerable talents with these boring histrionics. If he was useless I wouldn't be remotely bothered, it's just that he could be an outstanding contributor to the club but for compromising that ability with the diving, card-waving, rolling around and associated theatrics. I mean that booking last night - what was he thinking? Did he assume Lino wouldn't spot it? And as for the Upper Rous sniper incident.....please. I'm sorry, he could be a fine player but behaving like that, he's embarrassing. Anyway, I'll go now - my tea is in the liquidiser. You carry on defending the indefensible. bushey tales
  • Score: 1

3:59pm Wed 12 Feb 14

bushey tales says...

Just to be clear, those four asterisks represent the letters 'd, a, n and m' although not necessarily in that order. Seems a slightly harsh use of censorship.
Just to be clear, those four asterisks represent the letters 'd, a, n and m' although not necessarily in that order. Seems a slightly harsh use of censorship. bushey tales
  • Score: 0

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