Brilliant Blues thrill McLeish

Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish was proud of his players as they extended their unbeaten Premier League record to 12 matches with a 1-1 draw against title chasing Manchester United at St Andrew's on Saturday evening.

The draw meant that City beat their previous record unbeaten run in English football's top-flight which had stood since February 1908.

McLeish's side took the lead against the run of play just before the break through Cameron Jerome before an unfortunate Scott Danns own goal brought the visitors level.

A thrilled McLeish said:"I'm just delighted with the performance and the result at the end of the day.

"We played much better in the second half. In the first half we looked a bit apprehensive and maybe gave United a wee too much respect. The second half was more like us.

"We could have won it with the chances that we had and a bit more care in the final third. Cameron and Chucho were absolutely brilliant in the second half. In the first half they never held the ball up as much as we'd have liked.

"But those guys atoned in the second half. Cameron had a really good chance when he could have rolled it across the face of the goal for Chucho for a tap-in but he over-cooked it a wee bit and the opportunity was lost.

"However, I can't fault anybody tonight again, it was another phenomenal performance. Everybody deserves fantastic applause.

"I'm proud of the players again for another exemplary display, not only in their resilience, determination and application but also for their ability. I think that's been overlooked, the players have shown fantastic ability."

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