McLeish wants repeat of cup form

BY foxsports • February 2, 2011

The St Andrew's side have won their last two games in the Carling and FA cups, scoring three goals in each outing. However, they currently lie in 17th place in the Premier League, having picked up just one point from their previous three league matches, the last of which saw them lose 5-0 to Manchester United. McLeish is hoping their new-found potency, together with the new faces brought in during the January transfer window, will help them play with more freedom. "The target for us is to get up that table," he said "A couple of wins and cup-like performances will do nicely. "The factor that should register with the players is the confidence that has been gained from the cup performances. "We want to make it as much of a nightmare for the opposition as we can. "Maybe now we've got more of a potent mix up front we can have a right go." Birmingham's squad now includes five senior strikers, a number McLeish feels is about right for a team that often operates with two forwards. The former Rangers boss believes Martins' Premier League pedigree means he will become an automatic first-team choice when he reaches match fitness, and it will be up to the other strikers in the squad to cement their places in the starting 11. He said: "Oba will come in and make an impact - we expect him to go straight into the team when he's 100% fit, and then it's up to the other guys to make sure they get in as well. "Cameron (Jerome)'s been almost a fixture in the side, but for an injury in the last couple of weeks, and (Nikola) Zigic has been there or thereabouts. "Matt (Derbyshire) has come to the fore and Kevin (Phillips) has shown, if we even needed reminding, that he's still got it." Although they spent £27million on striker Edin Dzeko, Manchester City visit St Andrew's having being eclipsed in the transfer market. Chelsea and Liverpool have both broken the Eastlands outfit's British transfer record this week, but despite this, McLeish still feels his opponents' outlay is extraordinary. "They have spent a few bob, and they have some great quality," he said. "It's a tough game for us, but we're at St Andrew's and our aim is to do well with the crowd behind us."

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