Alex McLeish tells Birmingham: Let's win two in a row!

08 February 2011 12:36
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has challenged his players to achieve back to back wins for the first time in 14 months to ease their relegation fears.[LNB]McLeish wants to follow up victory over West Ham in Sunday's relegation clash with another three points against visiting Stoke on Saturday.[LNB]It is the first of two matches at St Andrew's in four days with Newcastle the visitors next Tuesday in a re-arranged encounter.[LNB] Challenge: Alex McLeish has told his Birmingham City players they need to win second successive game to ease their relegation worries in the Premier League[LNB]McLeish said: 'It would be good if we could string some back-to-back wins together now. [LNB]Praised: Sebastian Larsson has kept his head down[LNB]'The players certainly haven't lacked commitment. You saw that against Manchester City last week, when we twice came from behind to get a point, and then against West Ham.[LNB]'It's just that back-to-back wins would ease that pressure and lift everyone in terms of increasing confidence levels.'[LNB]McLeish is full of praise for winger Sebastian Larsson and hissustained levels of commitment despite his contract ending next summer.[LNB]The Swedish international came off the bench to set up Nikola Zigic's winner at Upton Park.[LNB]McLeishsaid: 'Seb's contract is up in the summer but he has not downed tools,I have seen players in the past who are about to become a Bosman switchoff. But Seb has been so committed and not let anything affect hisfootball.'[LNB]  McLeish backs beanpole striker Zigic after his winning goal against West Ham West Ham 0 Birmingham 1: Nikola Zigic puts Grant back in the firing line as Blues climb out of relegation zone BIRMINGHAM CITY FC

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