McLeish proud of 'great achievement'
Blues shared the spoils in the home matches with Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal and also claimed a point at Liverpool, who visit St Andrew's on Sunday. City have faded away from home in recent weeks but McLeish is adamant the season has been a resounding success whatever happens between now and May. And, if Birmingham manage to cling on to their current ninth position, it will be their highest top flight finish for 51 years. McLeish said: "It has been fantastic, a great achievement to take points off all of the normal top four clubs. "We would have liked to have taken more. We've got Liverpool at home next and we have played well against other top teams at St Andrew's. "It has been difficult for us to win on the road recently but no-one finds it easy away from home - as Arsenal found against us at the weekend." McLeish added: "Even if we don't finish the season so well, it wouldn't leave a cloud over the summer. That is unfair. "The one thing the owners said to me when they came in was 'make sure we're in the Premier League at the end of the season'. We basically achieved that by the end of February. "At the end of the day, I can't guarantee we won't finish the season by losing some games or dropping some points. "But what I can guarantee is that the players will give everything and I can't criticise the way we have played." McLeish confirmed that Blues are still negotiating with defender Liam Ridgewell and midfielder Sebastian Larsson regarding new contracts. But in any case City have two year and 12 month options on Ridgewell and Larsson respectively which they are expected to take up.