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We can pip Everton FC for European place says Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish
Published : 13 Mar 2010 00:00:00
ALEX McLEISH has admitted for the first time that Birmingham could qualify for the Europa League - if his current strikers can deliver sufficient goal-power during the remainder of the season. McLeish saw the reunited Cameron Jerome-Christian Benitez partnership impress during the 2-0 mid-week win at Portsmouth which lifted City up to eighth spot in the Premier League. He concedes today's visitors, Everton, remain favourites to overhaul them despite City drawing 1-1 at Goodison Park and also knocking them out of the FA Cup. McLeish said: 'Can you qualify for the Europa League? Well, if Cameron continues to score goals and we keep winning, then it's possible. 'If Christian and the other strikers can keep getting us goals - the four front guys we trust to get into these positions and do well - then it's possible. 'We know it's possible. Anything is possible. Everton would still be favourites to catch us in this particular campaign and Fulham are also there and thereabouts. 'But we have got ourselves in a marvellous position of strength - and it's up to the players to keep driving and going for it.'