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Big Eck stands by Blues formation

02 November 2010 05:25
Alex McLeish has defended Birmingham's use of a 4-5-1 formation, insisting playing two strikers risks "destroying" his players' confidence.

Some Blues fans have questioned McLeish's tactics but the St Andrews boss told a supporters' Q&A session: "There's only 15 teams at the moment playing the one up in the Premier League.

"You go and watch England do badly at the World Cup playing 4-4-2.

"You watch the Champions League, the winners played with one striker.

"And people want me to play with two, when I don't think that we're ready for playing with two."

He added: "When everybody was looking for 4-4-2, we just weren't ready for it and I was afraid to take a couple of beatings which would've destroyed players' confidence, that would've set us back a mile."

Source: Team_Talk