Ex-Norwich City assistant boss Lee Clark is on a hiding to nothing against the Canaries
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Lee Clark knows his Birmingham side are on a hiding to nothing against his old club on Saturday but he is not ready to shy away from the challenge.
Clark spent a year assisting Glenn Roeder at Carrow Road before embarking on his own management career which currently involves a perennial battle for survival at St Andrews until a divisive ownership issue is resolved.
Birmingham survived on the final day last season in dramatic fashion and arrive in Norfolk with just one point and one goal on their travels in the Championship this time around.
'In the overall picture there are lots of good performances and lots of good things happening, but ultimately you've got to get results,' he said. 'That's what we've got to start changing and start turning draws to wins and losses to draws.
'We've got a game-plan and we've got to execute it well to have any chance of getting a result. It's very similar to what I said after Wigan. We have to be at our very best to beat these teams, so that's what we're looking to do.
'I'm looking at one or two things. You've got to be realistic and understand the opponent you're coming up against. But, also, we've done lots of good things on the other side of it as well, so I've got a decision to make about which way we go. Do we stick with how we've been doing or do we do something a little bit different?'
Clark is prepared for a vibrant atmosphere with City buoyed by two consecutive away league wins.
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'They have got terrific support,' he said. 'The stadium is always full. The people are good people there.
'But, you know, they will probably turn up just expecting it to be a foregone conclusion, in terms of when you look where both teams are. We have got to make it more difficult than that. We have got to be solid, give ourselves a basis to go and win the game.
'In my opinion, when I look at the personnel they have, player for player they are probably the strongest team and squad in the division. If you finish above them you will get promoted, possibly win the league as well. So it will be an extremely tough game, but one we are looking forward to.
'Outside of our dressing room and outside of our supporters, who will travel to the game, no one else will probably give us a chance of winning. But we believe we can go there with a good game-plan and get a result.'