Birmingham’s next target is survival

Obafemi Martins

Obafemi Martins

Despite Birmingham’s Carling Cup heroics against Arsenal, boss Alex McLeish knows it will be worth nothing if they don’t stay in the Premier League.

Birmingham won due to a last minute goal from new signing, Obafemi Martins, who took advantage of a defensive blunder to send the Blue half of Wembley into raptures.

Birmingham must now turn their attention to their battle to stay in the Premier League, and currently sit just two points clear of the relegation zone, but do have two games in hand.

Birmingham face a huge six pointer against bitter rivals, West Brom on Saturday lunchtime, knowing that a win will go a long way towards securing Premiership football next season.

Blues defender Roger Johnson told SkySports, “I think we are three wins away from staying up. We have got 12 games to go and I fancy ourselves to win three out of them and a few more.

“(We) concentrate on the league now. What a season – win the cup and stay up.”

Liam Ridgewell also agreed that the league must now become a priority.

“The main thing now is the league,” said Ridgewell. “We have got to get that into shape and make sure we are safe.

“We have got a big game coming up on Saturday.”

Kevin Phillips was looking to the past for inspiration and added, “I heard a statistic that the majority of teams go on and stay safe in the Premier League after they’ve had success in the League Cup final.

“Hopefully we will be one of those teams.”

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