Clark: Hall was set for start

Robert Hall was poised for his first Birmingham start before a

bout of sickness ruled him out of Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at


On-loan West Ham youngster Hall impressed with a lively cameo

during Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Derby and was set to be rewarded by

boss Lee Clark.

But Clark revealed the 19-year-old fell ill in the team hotel on

Tuesday afternoon when he was briefing the Blues squad for the


“When we were in the hotel talking about the game, watching

footage and talking through the tactics, Robert Hall became ill in

the meeting,” he said. “We had to stop the meeting halfway through

when he was ill, sent him to bed and tried to get a bit of food

into him. That didn’t work, it didn’t stay down.

“His 35 minutes on Saturday were excellent. He was going to

start, in that system he would have been excellent for us with his

pace, his directness and his penetration.

“Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and he’s a big doubt for Friday

now because the doc seems to think this isn’t just going to be a

24-hour thing. This is the first time someone’s vomited during my

team talks so that’s a new one!”