King spares Hughton's blushes

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Marlon King spared manager Chris Hughton's blushes and rescued Birmingham with two face-saving second-half goals at home to npower Championship strugglers Doncaster.

Birmingham made hard work of their success which put them back on course for a top-six challenge following a bleak spell on the road when they collected one point from four games. In the process they maintained their unbeaten home league record thanks to King's two goals after Birmingham came from behind following a 51st minute strike from Marc-Antoine Fortune.

Hughton claimed that he had every confidence in his team to come back from a goal down and he said: "I thought we deserved the win. I know we were chasing the game at the end but I thought the performance throughout saw us trying to win and creating chances."

He added: "When you go one behind against the run of play it is worrying but fortunately I have a group of lads who wanted a victory.

"Eventually we got the win that the performance deserved on the day although we did make hard work of it in the first half when we had three good goal chances.

"We could have made life more comfortable for ourselves but the win is a nice feeling because the four away games did not tell the full story because we were better than the results.

"Marlon King did very well with his two goals. He is a very determined character. He is playing more games and it is beginning to show in his fitness level. When you have a fit Marlon he will produce goals."

Dean Saunders, Doncaster's boss, admitted: "We were unfortunate against Birmingham when we made a defensive mistake to allow them to get back into the game.

"Against Southampton we didn't give them anything but on this occasion we made that one mistake. But there were lots of positives and I am pleased how the team is looking. We are in good shape.

"Against Birmingham we just couldn't hold on for the last 15 minutes when they tossed everything at us. I admit that I couldn't see them scoring but coming to Birmingham is always a difficult task. They have lots of Premiership quality players but their winner was a little bit too easy."

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