Huseklepp happy despite hook

On-loan striker understands Hughton's decision

Erik Huseklepp: Birmingham forward was taken off moments after scoring on Sunday

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On-loan striker Erik Huseklepp insists he has no problems with Chris Hughton after the Birmingham manager substituted him moments after scoring.

The Norwegian, who is at St Andrew's for the remainder of the season from stricken Portsmouth, put the Blues ahead against Cardiff on Sunday in the 68th minute.

But the former Brann and Bari forward had barely concluded his celebrations before he was jogging to the sidelines to be replaced by Andros Townsend in a pre-planned tactical change.

However Huseklepp, who could only watch from the bench as his side conceded an equaliser in their 1-1 draw, admits he would never question the manager's judgement and accepted that he needs to give more to the cause.

"I didn't know before the goal that I was coming off," he told the Birmingham Mail. "I didn't even know at the time. I couldn't see the signs in the sun.

"But it's the manager's choice. I have to live with that. He is the one who decides things and he wanted to try something different.

Room for improvement

"I'm just glad I had a goal to my name before I was taken off.

"I always want to play and contribute. Scoring a goal is good but it's not enough. I did some good things but I was not so involved in the game.

"Overall I think it was a good performance but there's room for improvement, I know that."

Hughton was happy to explain the unusual move after the match and Huseklepp can expect to remain a key member of the Blues' squad in the closing weeks of the season as they look to secure a play-off berth.

"The substitution was tactical, very much tactical," Hughton admitted.

"From the position he was playing he was having to do a lot of running because the lad (Kevin) McNaughton was very offensive.

"I just felt we needed to freshen up. Andros Townsend has done well for us since he has been here. I felt he would give us some freshness and creativity."