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Clark on hunt for signings

Birmingham defeated Bristol Rovers 3-0 to ease into the fourth round of the FA Cup and boss Lee Clark says he now needs to strengthen the side.

Captain Paul Robinson scored his first goal for five years before Chris Burke bagged a quickfire brace late on as the Blues claimed their first win at St Andrew's in nine attempts, setting up a clash with Swansea.

And Clark said: "Hopefully it gets that (home record) off our back now because we have four home games on the bounce, three league games and a cup tie against Swansea, so it sets us up.

"It's now up to me to try and work extremely hard to get some additions, because the 18 players we had out there wasn't resting anyone.

"I need some additions for our league programme very, very quickly."

Clark says he will speak to Fulham about bringing defender Dan Burn back to Birmingham after his loan spell was cut short in late-December and he is also hoping to work out another loan deal for Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard.

"Before kick-off I saw quotes from (Fulham boss) Rene Meulensteen saying that the best thing he thought for Dan Burn was to come back to us, that he had really developed in the first half of the season," said Clark.

"I'm hoping that's still the case. First thing on Wednesday morning, I'll be speaking with Fulham.

"I'm still pestering David Moyes on a regular basis about Jesse Lingard, I haven't given up on that.

"And I've got one or two other irons in the fire as well."

Scoreline harsh on Rovers

Asked whether the 3-0 scoreline was a little harsh on his side, Pirates boss John Ward said: "It probably was.

"I've opened our team up a little bit trying to get back in the game, at 1-0 there's still an opportunity to do that with a few minutes to go.

"We paid for that, it didn't work in our favour and we got punished, but the best team has won the game.

"We've hopefully learned a lot. My young players will have found out a lot about themselves and what they need to do, if they want to go to a higher level.

"And it's been a good night of education.

"If we take that on board into our league programme, which is tough enough as it is, then those lads will look back on tonight and think 'yes it was disappointing, but some decent things came out of it'."