Ian Clarkson sees Blues' new faces turn in some encouraging forward displays.

Whilst Nicklas Bendtner and Cameron Jerome were hogging the limelight for contrasting reasons it would have been easy to forget DJ Campbell and Mikael Forssell.

Yet it was an afternoon to remember for Campbell, who snared his first goal in a Birmingham City shirt and led the line with aplomb for an hour.

Steve Bruce decided to utilise his striking options and withdrew Forssell and Campbell for Jerome and Bendtner.

Ultimately, it proved to be an excellent decision from Bruce, as Bendtner poached the winning goal, but there is no denying the impact Forssell and Campbell had.

The Finland international finally looks to have quelled the demons that harassed him after his knee injury and Campbell exuded confidence in front of goal in stark contrast to last season.

"Getting a goal was a big thing for me. I have set myself a target and that's one towards it," admitted Campbell.

"It takes a bit of pressure off because, being a striker, you need to score goals and every game that goes by when you don't score, the pressure gets more on top of you, especially at a big club like this." Campbell's strike partner Forssell didn't open his account for the campaign but will have garnered valuable playing time after his hiatus due to injury last season.

Although Bendtner stole the headlines with his inaugural strike, Forssell was perfectly happy to concede star billing to his new team-mate.

"It was a great finish. He [Nicklas] trained with us for the first time on Friday and you could see already that he is a very good player. It will be good for him and also the club. We have four quality strikers now and I think we are looking to sign one more but, we need four definitely, and we have got four who are all capable of scoring goals.

"The most important thing was to start with a win. There was a bit of drama along the way but it was great to get the win. It doesn't matter how we got it. After the sending-off we bounced back to win with a great goal from Nicklas."

Blues now try to keep their promotion bandwagon on track with a positive result against Sunderland.

The Black Cats have had a summer of upheaval as Niall Quinn's consortium took charge from Bob Murray and Quinn has just taken over the managerial reins.

As such, there hasn't been an influx of new players - former Blues skipper Kenny Cunningham aside - so Birmingham can approach the fixture with a degree of confidence.

"With three points it is a great way to go to Sunderland on Wednesday," enthused Forssell. "It's a shame Cameron [Jerome] will miss three games but I've just told him to keep his head up because he is definitely the type of striker we need.

"He is unique among our strikers and I'm sure he will be a threat. "

Meanwhile Campbell, who scored a brace of goals against Sunderland in the FA Cup to secure his move to Blues, anticipates a different game to the pulsating 2-1 victory for Brentford that shot him to national prominence.

"It will be a completely different game on Wednesday. Last time it was in the FA Cup and it was a completely different game. I can't wait to play them and hopefully score again," said Campbell.

"But the main thing is to get a few games unbeaten under our belts and get a good run going. If we can get five, six or seven wins under our belts early on we'll be flying. In this league it's a must that you start well.

"If you can start like that you've got the momentum behind you and hopefully you can carry that on for the rest of the season."