Alex McLeish fears anniversary of Birmingham's year-long unbeaten run

24 September 2010 06:36

Alex McLeish would have loved it to be the anniversary everyone forgot.

It is a year this weekend since Birmingham City last lost at home, a run which stretches back 17 Premier League games.

Birmingham's manager acknowledges the landmark occasion but fears talking about it is the equivalent of playing with fire, or at least giving Wigan extra reason to perform at St Andrew's tomorrow.

I can't watch: Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish is concerned his side are slipping from the standards which earned their long unbeaten home record

Twelve months ago McLeish had some harsh words to say following defeat to Bolton.

It was a tongue-lashing which left its mark for Birmingham are the first non-top four club for 14 years to have such a long unbeaten sequence.

'I am aware people will think we are ready for a fall,' conceded McLeish.

Loss: Cameron Jerome scored for Birmingham at The Hawthorns but McLeish's side slumped to a 3-1 defeat

'The fans have made it hostile again. They got a bit tired and fed up for a few years but they have got back to their form.

'It is a great run and we have done everything we can to preserve it.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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