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.