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I'll be busy playing in my works 5a side tournament, so I'll have to just keep tabs on the game, the best I can.

It's quite an important game, what we want now is to have a decent run in the last 14 games, to at least take some confidence into next season. If we can build on the point against City here, we've got a chance of doing that. If we go back to the rubbish of previous weeks, it will be a long 3 months.
 

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PREVIEW: BIRMINGHAM CITY v DERBY
Posted on: Fri 01 Feb 2008

Derby County go to Birmingham City on the back of their first Premier League point of 2008 earned in that up-lifting performance against Manchester City.

It was the Rams' first point at Pride Park Stadium since September but tomorrow's test sees them back on the road - where they have earned two draws and are yet to win.

But there was plenty that Paul Jewell and his coaching staff could take from that draw with City on Wednesday night.

Derby started slowly but soon picked things up and on another night could easily have taken all three points.

Defensively they were much tighter, they disrupted their opponents well, used the ball much better and created plenty of chances.

Birmingham, on the other side of the coin, fell to a 2-0 defeat away to Sunderland and find themselves only outside of the bottom three on goal difference.

It's another vital one for both sides.

TEAM NEWS

Derby have new signings Alan Stubbs and Roy Carroll available after the pair joined from Everton and Rangers respectively.

Carroll and Lewis Price will be battling for the goalkeeper's jersey following the departure of Stephen Bywater on loan to Ipswich Town.

Defensive options are limited with injuries to Jay McEveley, Tyrone Mears and Danny Mills, while Lewin Nyatanga has returned on loan to Barnsley.

David Jones is still recovering from a hernia operation while Eddie Lewis is sidelined by a knee problem.

Australian midfielder Mile Sterjovski needs receive the relevant clearance by 12noon on Friday if he is to feature.

No Birmingham team news available at the time of writing.


MATCH FACTS


Derby's last win at St Andrews was back in November 1995 when Marco Gabbiadini, Darryl Powell, Ron Willems and Dean Sturridge netted in a 4-1 success.

Their only other visit since then was in the Championship last season when Rowan Vine's goal on the stroke of half-time settled the game.

Before this season, the two teams hadn't met in the top-flight since 1978/79.

That season's meeting at St Andrews ended 1-1 with Gerry Daly on target for Derby.

THE REFEREE

The experienced Peter Walton was in charge for Derby's sole Premier League victory this season - at home to Newcastle United in September.

He is yet to take charge of a game at St Andrews during a season that has seen him issue 84 yellow cards and four reds in 28 games.
 

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we finally find some luck, Birmingham were the better team but Derby come out of St. Andrews with a point.

Villa scores his first Premiership goal in the 88th minute.

Derby unbeaten in two matches :D
 

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VILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLAAAAA!!!!!!! :D

Two games unbeaten :happy:
 

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You see, you used to lose goals in last minutes, now it's 89th min. equalizer. The card changed ;)
 

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Poland-Cement said:
You see, you used to lose goals in last minutes, now it's 89th min. equalizer. The card changed ;)
:D

Only about 7 more to make up for then...
 
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