McLeish wary of all-out attack

McLeish led Blues to Carling Cup glory in February but three months

later faces a game of even greater importance. Blues are one of

five clubs who could drop through the relegation trapdoor and

McLeish accepts Sunday’s game at White Hart Lane is probably the

biggest of his career. He said: “It’s hypothetical stuff. I’m not

going to get involved in ifs and buts (about my future). “But I do

know it is probably the biggest game of my career. “It is certainly

the biggest of my managerial career – so bring it on. “I believe we

will stay up. We have to try and play to the strengths the players

possess. “We know opening up against a Spurs team could be deadly.

“We’ve got our own strategy and we have to try and be good on the

day to get a positive result at White Hart Lane.” Birmingham have

been decimated by injuries in recent months but McLeish is refusing

to blame the Carling Cup win for their current predicament. He

said: “I’m not blaming anything on the cup. We have been savaged by

injuries. There is no doubt about it and suspensions don’t help.

“We have been hit in that department but I’m not blaming the cup.

It was a brilliant day. “The players have given the fans some

fantastic days this season including the Carling Cup. “There have

been other games as well. We beat Chelsea, drew at Manchester City

who are now in the Champions League. “They’ve got plenty of great

moments that they have given the fans and I am looking for one more

great moment at Spurs.” McLeish feels any side relegated this

season can count themselves unlucky. He said: “We are where we are

because we have not won enough games, or got enough points. But 39

points in any other season would have been fine. “Three teams are

going to go down and they don’t deserve to go down but if it’s your

destiny, then that is what will happen – but I think we’ll stay

up.” McLeish concedes that a lack of goal power and failure to

register as many clean sheets as last season are the main reasons

for City’s current plight. He said: “The nucleus of the guys have

played for two years solid. “We’ve gone right to the wire in some

ways to get 39 points with the trials and tribulations we’ve had.

“But we have been short of goals again which last year we got away

with because we had so many shut-outs. “This season we’ve not quite

got away with that.” Birmingham’s top scorer, nine goal Craig

Gardner, and defender Liam Ridgewell will return after suspension.

McLeish is also hopeful striker Cameron Jerome will have recovered

from an ankle problem.