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Birmingham City have cleared Connal Trueman to join Swindon Town on a seven-day emergency loan.
The goalie will join the Robins from March 1-7 as a first step to ease their issues between the sticks. The agreement can be extended.
An amendment to the emergency loan regulations – introduced this season – stipulates that a signed player must start, meaning the 24-year-old will play Sunderland in League One tonight with John Sheridan’s team currently 17th. in the third row.
Trueman spent the first half of this season with AFC Wimbledon where he made 22 appearances. He had previously enjoyed loan spells at Leamington and Solihull Moors, also having 12 Blues appearances to his credit.
St Andrew’s not the happiest of places right now, writes Daniel Ivery.
Despite the respite from Saturday’s 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers, the Blues sit just outside the league’s final three having played more games than the two teams below them. The pressure is very strong on Aitor Karanka to obtain results in order to move the club away from the relegation trap.
However, while it is easy for fans to identify the Spaniard for criticism on the pitch, off the pitch the situation is much more blurry. While CEO Xuandong Ren is truly the face of the Blues hierarchy to fans, the fact remains that he is not actually the big boss of Birmingham City.
And while it was Ren who announced Karanka’s appointment, and who proudly proclaimed a partnership with the Blues manager during his presentation, it’s unclear if Ren’s confidence is enough for the former Middlesbrough manager. and Nottingham Forest.
While Ren works in the president’s office at the Wast Hills training ground, it’s not his name on the door or even his picture on the wall. That honor goes to Wenqing Zhao, who is also director of Birmingham City and chairman of the board of Hong Kong parent company Birmingham Sports Holdings.
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Kristian Pedersen claims to have felt more energy and positivity in Birmingham City’s results, performances and even workouts.
The Dane played a big part in that on Saturday when he scored an 82nd-minute equalizer that gave Alen Halilovic the platform to seal a spectacular victory over Queen’s Park Rangers.
The left-back was pretty emotional after Saturday’s game, with relief hanging over every word after Blues sealed their first home win in four months.
They head to Huddersfield tomorrow knowing that a third win in four games would not only give them a brace over the Terriers, but also help them move away from the relegation zone.
Pedersen, who has been in much better shape lately, says he senses a change in the squad.
“I think we showed character in the team – and ultimately it works for us,” he said.
“I think we’ve shown that we can fight when it hurts the most because let’s be honest it wasn’t the best weeks now – and nobody expected us to win this. [QPR] match at all when we are down 1-0.
News from the Terriers team
Carlos Corberán has ruled out the possibility of Arsenal flop Yaya Sanogo making his full debut against Birmingham City tomorrow night.
The Huddersfield Town boss held his pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday’s important Championship clash at John Smith Stadium.
The face of the Terriers Blues having seen their advantage in the table reduced to two points and two places and knowing that they would pass behind the men of Aitor Karanka with a third consecutive defeat.
Last week their attacking options were bolstered by the arrival of Sanogo after leaving Toulouse last summer – after just 12 goals in three seasons.
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It’s more than the lone strike he pulled off in 19 appearances for the Gunners – before being cleared to join the Ligue 1 squad in 2017.
Sanogo came off the bench for the final quarter of an hour in this weekend’s 3-0 loss to Preston – but Corberan has claimed he doesn’t see a promotion in the starting XI just yet.
“We’re going to need more training with Sanogo,” said the Spaniard. “It’s a long time without playing important minutes on a team.”