McLeish still behind his squad

Alex McLeish

Alex McLeish

Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish insists he is still very much behind his squad after their Carling Cup winning bubble was burst by West Brom on Saturday.

Birmingham now find themselves well in a relegation fight and were without key players, Craig Gardener, Barry Ferguson and 6ft 7in striker Zigic.

His replacements failed to shine as the team were beaten 3-1 by rivals West Brom, but Ferguson backed his squads depth.

“The players that have been first choice for quite some time, you never like to lose them,” he said.

“But I don’t for one minute think that the guys who came in to replace them are not good enough.

“You just can’t legislate for the goals that we lost on the weekend.

“We were sloppy all over the pitch and it’s not just about the back four, or back five, although the third goal should have been defended better.

“Scharner getting a free header and our back post man David Bentley coming off the post – so these are basics that have nothing to do with missing Ferguson and Gardner.”

Birmingham are now one point off the drop zone and the pressure on the team will increase as the weeks pass. McLeish feels his squad can deal with it however.

He added, “The pressure will intensify a wee bit and we will have to deal with it, and we have dealt quite well with it in the past.”

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