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McLeish keen to strengthen

13 Jan 2008 - 10:25:20

Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish is hoping to add more quality to his squad despite seeing the Blues hold Arsenal to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Garry O'Connor's second-half equaliser and a solid rearguard action earned the St Andrew's outfit an unlikely point at the Emirates Stadium.

McLeish was delighted with the performance which saw the Blues consolidate 16th place in the table, but afterwards the former Scotland manager admitted he is keen to bring in some fresh faces in the transfer window.

The Blues boss has already failed in a £2million bid for Everton and Scotland striker James McFadden in recent days.

"We were playing against a special team and the determination of the players got us through," he said.

"Arsenal can go through you like a hot knife through butter and we had to concentrate for 90 minutes.

"I'm confident we can give anyone a game and if we keep picking up points we'll have a great chance, but I do feel we need to add more quality to the squad.

"We have to get over the hurdle of games where we have a better chance of winning.

"That's why we need some more creative quality, which the top teams have and which will help us open up teams in games where we're expected to pick up points.

"I'm optimistic of bringing people in, but I will keep the business quiet."


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