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McLeish rues Blues draw

Manager Alex McLeish claimed Birmingham City did everything but score in Sunday's goalless draw with Manchester City at St Andrew's.

The Blues were left to settle for a point after an inspired performance from visiting goalkeeper Shay Given was capped by a 55th minute penalty save from James McFadden.

Given had previously denied McFadden, Lee Bowyer and Christian Benitez during a top-quality performance.

"We came into the dressing room disappointed not to win as it was a very powerful performance," he said.

"They gave everything and the only thing that let us down was the final touch. But other than that how can I fault the performance of the players?

"I have now seen three games in a row where we have produced quality and consistency and only a man-of-the-match performance from Shay Given stopped us from winning.

"That is why Manchester City paid good money for him. They say great keepers can save you 10 points during a season.

Meanwhile, McLeish was unhappy with Barry Ferguson after the midfielder was sent off in injury time for two bookable offences and will now miss next week's trip to Liverpool.

"Barry came in and said he was daft. He knows we will miss him at Anfield and it will cost the team with us having such a fragile squad," he added.

"We can't afford to lose players through a silly act of indiscipline."

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