McLeish pleased to end away-day blues

05 January 2011 10:30
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish was pleased to see his side secure their first away win of the season at Blackpool - although his focus was more on the points earned than the record improved. Alexander Hleb pounced on a mistake by Stephen Crainey to put Blues ahead in the first half before DJ Campbell's 68th-minute equaliser. The visitors eventually emerged triumphant from a pulsating encounter after Roger Johnson headed down substitute Jean Beausejour's cross in the box with a minute of normal time remaining and Scott Dann fired home to make it 2-1. The result lifted Birmingham out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone and up to 15th - something McLeish was far more concerned about than the fact that they had not won on the road in their previous 14 attempts. "I am delighted to win the game first and foremost," McLeish said. "I suppose people will stop asking about the away record now, although they might be asking me about it only being one (away win) in six months time. "But it is three valuable points and that is the main thing."

Source: PA