Vital Football

Latest Birmingham City News

McLeish Bemoans Defending

McLeish Bemoans Defending

Blues manager Alex McLeish was not happy at the way his side defended during both Bolton goals that gave the away side their victory at St Andrews on Saturday.

After Bolton had hit an opener from Tamir Cohen, it looked like an 84th minute goal from Kevin Phillips was enough to earn the home side a point.

But more poor defending from a free kick just two minutes later saw Lee end up walking the ball into the net.

McLeish said: 'After we had equalised I don't know if the players thought that the game was over. It looked like they were in a trance for a couple of minutes.

'It was poor defending for their winner and was another harsh lesson of what can happen in the Premier League.

'We also lost the first goal to a set-piece, the sort of thing we practice on the training ground to make sure it doesn't happen. But we were punished again.'

McLeish also defended his decision to start the game with only one striker in Christian Benitez after fans began chanting for him to switch to a 4-4-2 system.

He said: 'I heard what the fans were saying but there is no evidence in terms of our performance to suggest we create more when playing two up front rather than one.'

*Try Vital Mobile FOR FREE for the latest news, scores, fixtures and so much more*

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday September 28 2009
Time: 2:43PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Birmingham City Articles

Another New Star In The Making At Birmingham?

With the likes of Nathan Redmond, Jack Butland and Demarai Gray having coming though the academy in recent years, it was heartening to see another youngster make their mark

Jutkiewicz Reveals A Vital Clue To Birmingham`s Revival

The freedom of expression that Garry Monk has allowed Birmingham players is an important part of the club's revival.

Monk`s Infectious Attitude Key To Birmingham`s Survival

You can`t manufacture confidence, but you can create the conditions for it to take root. Garry Monk`s positivity since taking over the club has been noticeable.

Harding merited the shirt, now he has to keep it

Rob Wildey looks back at Wes Harding's performance in Saturday's 3-0 win against Hull City at St. Andrews

Birmingham City Archived Articles

Vital Birmingham articles from

Site Journalists

Tom Heslop
Editor email
Christopher Handy
no email
Saskia Bowes
no email
Rob Wildey
no email
Luke Turner
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Should Wes Harding stay in the team for the rest of the season?
Suggested By: KRO
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Birmingham City Results (view all)

Birmingham City Fixtures

Vital Members League Table

4.David Village18
8.Rob Wildey15
10.Le Hane1
The Vital Football Members League