The Other Side: Alex McLeish. (Birmingham 2-1 Rovs)
Updated Sunday, 22nd August 2010
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish singled out his goalkeeper Ben Foster for special praise after he put in a superb display that kept Blackburn out and give the home side all the points.
He said: “Foster was excellent. The first home game and he’s saved us points already. It’s a brilliant start for him, he made the most brilliant penalty save.
“If it’s him and Joe Hart that are vying for the England jersey at the next internationals, I think Joe’s in pole position at the moment but with performances like that it’s going to be a great battle between two great young goalkeepers.
“They dominated our penalty box with their bombardment.
“We tried to play it on the ground but even if we were the most silky team in the world today they would still have caused us problems because of the tactics they use, and they use them well.
“It was a tough game, we could have lost it. But again the players showed spirit and resilience - I need to find some new words because I used these words every week last season.”