Alex Hleb fitting in well with Birmingham


Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish was pleased with the home debut of recent loan signing Alex Hleb in the 3-1 Carling cup third round win at home to MK Dons.

Belarus international Hleb got his name on the scoresheet at St Andrew's, having move back to England on a season-long loan from Barcelona.

McLeish told reporters:"Alex will be used to ball-playing centre-halves and maybe the possession game, but we play the possession game fairly well.

"We stopped doing it at the weekend after we lost two gifts of goals against West Brom.

"But we realise on the training ground that we've got a lot of good players who can pass the ball.

"There are some things that he'll have to realise and he will realise and he does realise, that we're not Barcelona.

"Any top player who plays in any game, that is the extra challenge to them. They're seen as top players, so if they don't perform they're the first ones the press pick on.

"He's fitted in well, there's no airs and graces about him, he's actually quite a character and the players have taken to him."

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