Alex McLeish disappointed by late loss


Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish was left disappointed after seeing his side fight back from two goals down before losing 3-2 at Stoke City.

The Blues looked to have salvaged a point at the Britannia Stadium, before Dean Whitehead bundled home a scrappy winner five minutes from time.

McLeish commented:"It would have been a great point and I thought the way we were going at the time of the equaliser, the momentum was with us.

"We were right on top at two each and their third goal was a dog's breakfast of a goal. It was shocking.

"We have lost some uncharacteristic goals this season. The defenders have not been poor individually – we have still defended well and we saw Scott Dann and Roger Johnson battling tonight against two big centre-forwards, a good 50-50 battle.

"But to lose the goal the way we did was soft to say the least.

"I have seen the goal about ten times and it is difficult to say whether there was a handball, but Kenwyne Jones got a touch, then Fuller got a touch.

"It was probably the only time our centre-halves lost out on a ball consecutively in the whole game."

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