McLeish - Fans can boo
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has implied that Man City fans have a right to criticise Roberto Mancini.
Last Updated: 14/11/10 3:44pm
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has implied that Manchester City fans have a right to criticise boss Roberto Mancini.
Mancini's side were booed off at Eastlands on Saturday after a 0-0 draw with Birmingham in the Premier League followed a midweek stalemate against derby rivals Manchester United.
The Italian has been criticised for playing five midfielders and only one striker, which was a system favoured by McLeish last season when he earned some flak for the decision.
Birmingham's manager can therefore appreciate the position of Mancini, as he said: "At the end of the day, fans are entitled to their opinion."
The share of the spoils at Eastlands saw Birmingham fall into the bottom three of the table, but McLeish is not ringing the alarm bell.
He said: "We know we have got a big fight in the Premier League, but we are not getting paranoid and panicky about looking at tables in November.
"We are capable of going on a run in the second part of the season."
Birmingham were under pressure for large periods against City and Carlos Tevez had a goal disallowed in the first half before James Milner had a shot cleared off the line by Stephen Carr shortly after half-time.
Asked if it had been a comfortable afternoon, McLeish said: "That was never comfortable in the dugout.
"The first half, I felt we were comfortable apart from the Tevez effort when it was ruled out.
"The second half was a bit scary in terms of that we shot ourselves in the foot a few times."
He added: "City were better in the second half, but we had that little bit of danger on the break."
Midfielder Craig Gardner was substituted shortly after half-time having sustained an ankle problem before the interval.
McLeish confirmed: "He rolled his ankle. He nearly didn't go out for the second half."