McLeish: Win could prove vital

20 August 2009 08:35
Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish believes Wednesday's first win of the season at home to Portsmouth will be a vital moment in their campaign. The Blues lost at Manchester United on the opening day of the season, but McLeish believes that winning their first home game since returning to the Premier League is a massive psychological boost. James McFadden's last-gasp penalty secured a 1-0 victory over Pompey at St Andrew's. "We are delighted because we know how tough it is to win in the Premier League and especially coming up from the Championship and being tipped as the underdogs throughout this coming season," he said. "It is only the start but it was a great victory nonetheless because we lamented the fact last time in the Premier League that we drew too many home games. "I think we deserved to win it in the end. I thought we had the better chances, we took the initiative right from the off. "We worked hard at getting it right. We played some good football. We got a bit tired in the second half but came strong again with the substitutes. "As for the penalty, I was nowhere near it but the players are adamant David James was over-zealous with his challenge. "We did get put through the mill today but we have got a great victory."

Source: ESA