Skipper happy to be back in the starting line-up
Peter Clarke is delighted to be back in Simon Grayson’s starting eleven and admitted that the group is more important than any individual.
Town’s skipper was an unused substitute for the games against Sheffield Wednesday and Leicester, but returned to the fold against Charlton to help Town record a clean sheet and a victory.
“It is part and parcel of football and if you spit your dummy out you aren’t helping anyone,” said the 31 year-old. “The best thing that you can do is encourage the lads; we win and lose as a collective and the squad is the most important thing. The Gaffer and I had a chat about matters and he put his points across and gave me his reasons.
“The group is the most important thing, but I was delighted to be back in the side against Charlton and for us to have put on a good performance.”
Peter is hoping that the victory against Charlton can help spark a good run of form for the Terriers.
“To put on a display like the one we did against Charlton was great,” he said. “They are a good team who play to their strengths, so to go there and get a good result, and be in the next round of the Cup, is fantastic. It was nice to end the winless streak; winning breeds confidence.”
Talking about Saturday's opponents, he said: “Birmingham will be well drilled and will work very hard. They will look to win the game and will play with an attacking mentality. We need to be in the right frame of mind and take on board what we have been working on over the last week to combat their threat.”
With the return of Nikola Zigic for Birmingham likely on Saturday, Peter will have to deal with his height and power and also the trickery and pace of Nathan Redmond.
“He is big lad and over the course of your career you come up against different tests and propositions. You try and recall upon those moments and put them in to practice. Whatever type of opposition comes my way on Saturday I will do my best to thwart them.”