McLeish: Point could be vital

13 April 2008 10:20
Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish believes the point gained from Saturday's 1-1 draw against Everton could prove to be vital in his side's bid to avoid relegation. Mauro Zarate's free-kick seven minutes from time salvaged a share of the spoils for the home side and kept them two points clear of 18th-placed Bolton Wanderers in an increasingly tight relegation scrap. "Mauro's goal could turn out to be very important," said McLeish. "I saw a congregation gathering around the ball and I knew at a given moment a few people fancy themselves to pop the ball over the wall and into the top corner. "It very rarely happens so I made sure David Murphy got word that I wanted Zarate to take the free-kick and it is a beautiful finish. "I think I'll claim an assist for that - it was a super decision putting him on! "The draw was the least we deserved and really I thought we deserved to win it on our second-half display. "Our rivals around about us, Bolton and Fulham, have secured two brilliant results so this point could prove to be very important. "It was a cruel blow to go behind, but the second-half performance was exceptional. We went up a gear and found another couple of per cent. "It was only the finishing touch that let us down and some terrific stops by Tim Howard."

Source: ESA