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Last Updated: Monday, 10 January, 2005, 10:44 GMT
Blake confident over Blues place
Robbie Blake
Blake played in the Premiership in the 2000/2001 season
New Birmingham striker Robbie Blake is confident he can earn himself a starting spot in the Blues team.

The 28-year-old, a 1.5m signing from Burnley, came on as a substitute in the FA Cup victory over Leeds on Saturday.

"Clinton Morrison and Emile Heskey have done fantastically well, but hopefully I can push them for a place," he said.

"I can play in a few positions, behind the strikers or dropping deep, and that gives the gaffer some selections to think about."

Blake is pleasantly surprised Blues boss Steve Bruce took a chance on him and he believes he has the ability to succeed in the top flight, having had one season in the Premiership with Bradford.

"I thought if anything a bottom four team in the Premiership would come in for me but Birmingham, with the quality of players they have, was an even bigger bonus," he added.

"I feel I'm the type of player who will improve with age so you never give up hope of getting back into the Premiership and I believed in my ability.

"I scored 23 goals last season which is a decent record and, with playing the lone striker role at Burnley, it has helped me to get more physically fit."

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