Birmingham manager Chris Hughton paid tribute to Chris Burke after his wonder strike helped kickstart his side's comeback in the 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest.

Forest seemed well in control until Burke changed the entire complex of the game with a thunderbolt 30-yard effort that flew past Forest keeper Lee Camp to put the Blues 2-1 up in the 76th minute.

Hughton said: "In football you need a spark and Chris provided that for us with an exceptional strike."

He added: "It gave us something to build on and the players sensed then they could go on and win the match. It would have been easy to settle for a point but the players wanted to push forward.

"We also had players in Chris Wood and Marlon King to come off the bench and influence the game and that's what they did. It has given us all a big boost in confidence because we've had some tough games this season but to come back and win at The City Ground shows that we have a lot of character in the side.

"What we have to do now is find some consistency and start games in a lot better way.

"But we can enjoy three very good points because with Europe it's been a tough week. But to record two away wins is very pleasing and rewarding."

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