McLeish praises Blues squad

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has hailed the spirit in the Blues' dressing room, with City currently up in seventh place in the Premier League table.

McLeish's side are unbeaten in their last nine league games, with a 1-1 draw at Everton ending a run of five consecutive victories.

The Scotsman told the Birmingham Post:"It is no fluke what we have done. It's been fantastic to get the results we have had recently.

"The players' application, the work-rate, but also the skill they've shown, has been fantastic. They have shown that if the chips are down, if we suffer a setback in the game, they've got it in their locker to bounce back.

"That is a sign of great character. We have done it, I think, since day one. It's not just the recent run.

"We sowed the seeds in the early part of the season, which has entitled us to believe in ourselves and have the confidence to get these magnificent results.

"I think the power in the dressing room is fantastic. The sum of all parts, they say, makes something quite formidable.

"We've got everybody pulling together and we also have had consistency of selection.

"I think they have surpassed my expectations, but that doesn't mean to say they think they've got leeway and they can ease up, far from it."

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