Alex McLeish wants senior pros to up the ante to help Birmingham city avoid Relegation Zone

(0) (0)
Posted By: 

Brendan Taylor

Football (soccer) News
  • Alex McLeish wants senior pros to up the ante to help Birmingham city avoid Relegation Zone

Alex McLeish wants senior pros to up the ante to help Birmingham city avoid Relegation Zone

Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish has passed on the message to the senior team-mates that they need to up the ante for the remainder of the season to have any chance of catching up the top-flight status in English Premier League.  Blues, who are battling out to avoid the relegation zone, got a serious setback on Saturday when they received a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat from Wigan Athletic, which left them second (19th ) from the bottom of Barclay’s Premier League table.

The 52-year-old Blues coach, McLeish wants the older boys to guide Birmingham to the land of safety as he said “At this stage of the season, you are looking to get the experienced guys into the team. We've got guys who have got the experience and knowledge and it's important that they perform for us.”

Alex McLeish, who is desperate to give Blues a top-flight status for the third season in a row, has praised the performances of the youngsters Nathan Redmond and Jordon Mutch, but believes that they are not the right men to do the job done.  McLeish added “We have young Jordon in there and he's had a great couple of games for us. But I don't want to have to rely on a young kid to steer us out of trouble. It's too much pressure on him.”

Birmingham City hasn’t had the dream season this time around, as Blues have crumbled in most of the areas starting from the messy defence to the ineffective forward line. And to make the matter worst for McLeish, Blues had been hard hit with the huge list of first team injured players. Bowyer, Zigic and Keith Fahey are some of the key players whose services were missed by Blues big time in this season.

For Birmingham city, the remaining journey of this season is expected to get stiffer rather than it will ease up, so blues have a little time to do it, as teams like Wigan Athletic, Wolves and West Ham United are also battling for their top-flight status.

There are very few positives to take for McLeish’s team except for a pleasant surprising victory over Arsenal in the Carling Cup final last month. Blues have struggled to make an impact this season as only four victories out of 29 matches with the negative goal difference of 13 goals have led them to their debacle. The deciding goal coming from Obafemi Martins in the Carling Cup final might have given them a new ray of hope to excel, but, it didn’t happen as they received their fourth successive defeat from Wigan Athletic at DW Stadium on Saturday.

So, for Birmingham City to get the English Premier League top flight status, they need to stand up as they have some very crunch and difficult away home matches coming up against Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.


Write for Sportqa

Write for Sportqa
Join today and become a Sportqa writer.