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McLeish has reasons to be cheerful

Manager Alex McLeish believes Birmingham City's performance in Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Manchester United has left plenty of reason for optimism ahead of the rest of the season.

The Blues lost to a Wayne Rooney goal at Old Trafford but afterwards McLeish was in upbeat mood.

'In the teamtalk before the game I said to the guys 'you've got to show that bottle to pass it and to take the ball too' and I thought they did those things very well,' he told the club's official website.

'The performance showed that the team spirit is alive and kicking.

'We know the home games take on a different complexion and we need to take the initiative.

'Last time out in the Premier League we know our home form was what ultimately cost us our top-flight status and we have to follow the examples of what Stoke did throughout last season and Hull in the first half of the last season.'

Club record signing Christian Benitez came close to scoring on his debut after arriving as a second-half substitute and McLeish was pleased with the contribution of the striker.

He added: 'At half-time we told the boys to keep it tight in the second half and within the structure I felt we'd get a chance or two, so we put the two strikers up front and went with the four in midfield and even though that left us open at the back on occasions.

'We so nearly got something with a shot from James McFadden and then with Chucho's (Benitez's) chance at the end.

'He revels in the atmosphere and it certainly didn't faze him. He relished it.'



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Date:Monday August 17 2009

Time: 11:02AM

Your Comments

I had forecasted 4-0 to Manure. Well done Brum. The game was much closer that expected and maybe the Manyoo roller coaster is starting to come off the rails.
Sindbad
Unlucky folks. Joe Hart kept you in it at times, but you expect that away at manure! You had your chances too, if you keep playing like that you should stay up with some to spare. Good luck for the rest of the season
fifthcolumnblue
Cheers, Joe Hart does look good and I'm glad we have been to Old Trafford and only lost 1-0. Teams far better than us will lose by far bigger margins.
Dark_Blue
 

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