McLeish respect for rampant Reds

02 January 2010 12:06
Blues are currently flying high in the Premier League table, and are unbeaten in 11 games, but their weekend opponents can boast an even more impressive record.

Forest currently sit third in the Championship table, with an incredible 16-match unbeaten run helping to fire them into the second tier promotion race.

They will fancy their chances of causing a cup upset when Birmingham head to the City Ground on Saturday, and McLeish is all too aware of the Reds' credentials.

Having worked with Billy Davies when he was still a player at Motherwell, the Blues boss insists he always knew that the fiery Scot would one day become a competent coach himself, and knows he will not be able to underestimate his in-form Forest side.

"I could definitely see Billy going into coaching," said McLeish.

"He had his own amateur team, which he ran and was a big student of the coaching side.

"Billy has coached Forest well and got them playing with his winning mentality.

"I tipped Forest at the start of the season to be a surprise contender for promotion and we have probably got the hardest tie of the round.

"He has a mobile team and I have watched them in the last few games. Billy has built a cracking little team."

Nottm. Forest v Birmingham Correct Score: Nottm. Forest 2-1 9/1  

Source: Team_Talk