UK time is: 14:50:47
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Gaffers View: Sunderland Away (2-2)



Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish could not praise the spirit of his players enough after they fought back from two goals down to earn a point at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland.

A Darren Bent penalty and an own goal from Stephen Carr looked to have given Steve Bruce three points against his old side but a never say die attitude from the players saw Scott Dann pull a goal back before a dramatic equaliser two minutes before the final whistle.

Blues were helped by the sending off of Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole for a second yellow card just before half time.

But although McLeish was delighted with the way his side fought back, he did warn that the display was a below par one and expected better.

He said: 'There's 37 games to go and I would hate to go through every game watching that. It was a tough game for us. We didn't pass it the way we can.

'I felt we were lacking a little bit of sharpness in one or two areas. We caved in, and it was self-inflicted, although it wasn't a penalty because it was outside the box.

"But we showed in the end the fantastic resilience and spirit that the players have got. When you've got set-piece accuracy from somebody like Larsson, it just needs somebody to be on the end of it.'

The Journalist

Writer: Foxxy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 15 2010

Time: 2:31AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Wigan 9 2 2 5 -2 8
19. Rotherham 9 2 2 5 -6 8
20. Huddersfield 9 2 2 5 -10 8
21. Birmingham 9 1 4 4 -8 7
22. Bolton 9 1 2 6 -8 5
23. Fulham 9 1 1 7 -12 4
24. Blackpool 9 0 2 7 -9 2

Breaking League News

Boro ideal for Spaniard
Middlesbrough : 30/09/2014 14:45:00
Boro welcome strugglers
Middlesbrough : 30/09/2014 14:34:00
Karanka expects tough test
Middlesbrough : 30/09/2014 14:29:00
FSF Awards - Vote For Your Latics Favs
Wigan : 30/09/2014 13:45:00
Millers v Blackburn Preview
Rotherham : 30/09/2014 13:05:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Man of the match: Birmingham 1-2 Fulham
Suggested By:  
Darren Randolph 13%
Jonathan Spector 0%
David Edgar 0%
Paul Robinson 0%
Jonathan Grounds 0%
David Cotterill 22%
David Davis 0%
Mark Duffy 5%
Demarai Gray 22%
Callum Reilly 22%
Clayton Donaldson 5%
Brek Shea 45' 0%
Wes Thomas 72' 0%
11%