Date:Monday August 17 2009
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.'
Vital Brum are now set up on facebook so why not join up and help us grow into a great community?
You can get to know the staff better as we`ll all be updating the page and we will bring you the latest news, views, happenings and rumours from St Andrews.
Join us today and join in the fun.
CLICK HERE TO JOIN US
Date:Monday August 17 2009
Rotherham's Best on Offer (Wednesday April 1 2015)
Blues Winger Features in England Win (Saturday March 28 2015)
Tesche Undecided On Future (Thursday March 26 2015)
Watford Forward Joins Birmingham (Thursday March 26 2015)
Morrison Not Guaranteed To Go Back In (Tuesday March 24 2015)
Birmingham Hero Turns 42 (Tuesday March 24 2015)
Brilliant Brown Shines (Tuesday March 24 2015)
Birmingham City Condemn Fan Trouble (Monday March 23 2015)
Reece Brown Battling For First Team Action (Monday March 23 2015)
Randolph: We Were Flat (Sunday March 22 2015)
|12. Sheff Wed||39||13||14||12||-4||53|
|13. Leeds Utd||39||14||10||15||-4||52|
|Ritchie: We believe we can achieve great things
» Bournemouth : 02/04/2015 08:46:01
|Wigan Athletic The 8th Biggest Club. Do You Agree?
» Wigan : 02/04/2015 08:46:01
|Blackpool extend Addison loan deal
» Bournemouth : 02/04/2015 08:39:01
|Cook: We're enjoying the pressure
» Bournemouth : 02/04/2015 08:28:01
|Cherries Away Days: Ipswich
» Bournemouth : 02/04/2015 08:10:00