Lee Clark is not envious of old club Norwich City
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Lee Clark is not envious of his old club, despite Nathan Redmond and Cameron Jerome coming back to haunt Birmingham.
Jerome's second half brace wiped out the Blues' lead, courtesy of two of Clark's latest academy starlets, Callum Reilly and Demarai Gray.
The ex-Norwich City assistant boss accepts his priority is keeping the Second City club afloat in the Championship after an exodus of his best talent in recent times, which includes the likes of Redmond who picked out Jerome for the home equaliser.
'It was interesting to see Nathan, who is still a young man, playing on one flank and Demarai, who is even younger on the other. We're shelling these players out of the same pod,' said Clark. 'I hope there are more on the production line because they are the lifeblood of our club. We're not in a financial position to go and get the type of players Norwich can. I admire what Neil Adams has done and the type of player he has brought into his football club. Our academy is crucial and Norwich have a good one, I know that from first hand, they have good people with good contacts and good coaching.
'For us, it is the lifeblood. When we get gems like Demarai they get courted very quickly. That is frustrating for me as a manager. I would love to have had them both on the opposite wings here, Curtis Davies at the back, Jack Butland in goal, Tom Adeyemi in the middle. We wouldn't be too bad. I might be up there then dining at the same table as Norwich and Nottingham Forest.'
Clark was adamant striker Clayton Donaldson should have had a penalty in the opening period after getting the wrong side of Russell Martin, but the Blues' boss knew Norwich would respond strongly.
'I expected a high level of intensity in the second half. They got a little bit of momentum with the goals and the crowd are fantastic here,' he said. 'We had a mad five minutes that have cost us a terrific win but not many teams will come to Carrow Road and put in the type of performance we did and get a positive result.
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'For me it was a penalty. I can only speak with what I have seen in real-time. I haven't seen it since so I am prepared to change my mind after seeing the footage but I thought it was. The referee didn't and maybe that is the bit of luck we need. We should be six or eight points better off. That is not an exaggeration. We look a good team when we do things right. There is a basis for us to get results with this group of players.'