McDermott 'devastated' by defeat

Last Updated: Sat, 02 Nov 2013 19:18
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Birmingham boss Lee Clark was so disappointed with his side's 1-0 defeat at home to Charlton he immediately watched a replay of the whole match.

As result, Clark did not attend the post-match press conference, instead leaving his deputy Terry McDermott to express his "devastation" at the result.

Birmingham dropped into the bottom three for the first time as a result of this defeat and the future is beginning to look desperate on and off the field for the Midlands club.

"No one is happy with the position we are in at the moment in the bottom three. I would like to think that it will not last long because we have too many good players in the side," McDermott said.

"But those players who did so well against Stoke City in a thrilling League Cup tie didn't turn up for the Charlton game.

"We are all devastated with the result especially after some good performances in our recent games.

"We thought we had turned the corner but we simply didn't perform on the day against Charlton. Our decision making was very poor."

Charlton, now unbeaten in their last five games, clinched the three points with a 56th minute winner from Dale Stephens who was on the mark for only the second time in the league this season .

Birmingham's young side could make little impression against the rugged Charlton defence, which has now kept a clean sheet for the last four games.

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