McLeish - Give us time
Alex McLeish admits Birmingham are a 'work in progress' after his side claimed a point against Stoke City.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 22/08/09 8:11pm
Alex McLeish admits Birmingham are a 'work in progress' after his side claimed a point with a 0-0 draw against Stoke City.
The Scotsman had to make some changes as new signing Gregory Vignal was forced out with a hip injury and striker Cameron Jerome had an ankle problem.
In a scrappy game with few clear chances, Garry O'Connor had the best effort of when his goalbound header was superbly saved by Stoke's Thomas Sorensen.
"On the occasions that we did play, I thought we played some good football," McLeish told Sky Sports.
"But maybe we're still a bit of work in progress at the moment.
"Stoke put eight men behind the ball, right in front of their box. It's difficult to penetrate that.
"So it's not easy, it doesn't matter who you play against, we could have a pub team here, well organised and (who) make it difficult to score goals, (with) players working as hard as the Stoke players worked."
Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller could have also have claimed the win for the Potters but his header sailed over the bar from six yards out late in the game.
Blues midfielder Seb Larsson came on for a below-par Kevin Phillips which injected some pace into McLeish's side. But chances were few and far between for both sides.
And in light of a possible Birmingham takeover, McLeish has admitted he is looking to tie up at least one more signing next week.
"We're trying to sign a midfield player," he admitted.
"It would be nice to get another addition before the window next week and we're working hard on something right now."