McLeish and co seek to equal landmark run

24 September 2010 01:30
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has challenged his side to make history by avoiding defeat against Wigan in Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at St Andrew's. Blues will equal the club's top-flight record of 18 games unbeaten at home if they draw or defeat the Latics, and McLeish has revealed the determination amongst his players for that run to continue. City went down to visiting Aston Villa and then Bolton in the early part of last season - their first back in the Premier League. But since then they have avoided defeat in front of their own fans and last season shared the spoils with Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool. McLeish said: "This seems to be the topic this week of the media. I'm aware of the headlines telling everyone that is the case. I'm sure people reading that will be thinking 'this will be the one where they finally lose that record after talking about it so much'. "I can't avoid that. We have a great home record - and we want to preserve it. The players have got to give me everything and to do everything in their power to preserve it. We know some day we will lose at St Andrew's but they won't go down without fighting."

Source: PA