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McLeish stands by formation

02 Nov 2010 17:30:22

McLeish stands by formation

Alex McLeish has defended Birmingham's use of a 4-5-1 formation in many of their games, insisting playing two strikers risks "destroying" his players' confidence.Some Blues fans have questioned McLeish's tactics but the St Andrews boss told a supporters' Q&A session: "There's only 15 teams at the moment playing the one up in the Premier League."You go and watch England do badly at the World Cup playing 4-4-2."You watch the Champions League, the winners played with one striker."And people want me to play with two, when I don't think that we're ready for playing with two."He added: "When everybody was looking for 4-4-2, we just weren't ready for it and I was afraid to take a couple of beatings which would've destroyed players' confidence, that would've set us back a mile."


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