McLeish hails Blues victory

07 April 2009 08:26
Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish heaped praise on his side after they beat Championship leaders Wolves 2-0 at St Andrew's, despite the sending-off of Lee Carsley. The Blues moved to within two points of their Midlands rivals as a result of the victory, leaving McLeish a happy man. He said: "The players are euphoric in there, it was a great performance. "We had everything - with the drama in the game, great goals and a superb work-rate and organisation from my team. "They were absolutely magnificent and I have to compliment the full house at St Andrew's, it was a joy to behold and they played their part as well. "It's three huge points, we close the gap on Wolves and we've got to make an attempt to win the title." Meanwhile, McLeish defended Carsley over his challenge on Chris Iwelumo which earned the midfielder a straight red card. He added: "Lee's a wholehearted player, committed, he's not a dirty player by any means and all the professionals know that. "He was upset at half-time. He is a guy who cares not only about the cause for Birmingham, but he respects his fellow pros."

Source: ESA