McLeish happy to hit 50
Alex McLeish hailed Birmingham's efforts for the season as they passed the 50-point mark by beating Burnley.
Last Updated: 01/05/10 5:44pm
Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish hailed his side's efforts for the season as they passed the 50-point mark courtesy of a 2-1 win over Burnley.
The Blues were two goals to the good at the interval courtesy of a Brian Jensen own goal and a Christian Benitez strike.
Steven Thompson pulled one back for Burnley, but Birmingham held on to bring an end to their home campaign, having not lost at St Andrews since September a run of 15 games.
"We were very keen to get on to 50 points and it was very important to sustain the home record," said McLeish.
"Not to lose here since September is a marvellous achievement.
"At the beginning of the season we targeted a point a game. Our tally could have been even higher.
"We have stuttered recently in terms of results but not performances."
Benitez, who played a major part in the win and scored his first goal in front of Birmingham's fans, could have played his final game at St Andrews.
He is on loan from Mexican club Santos Laguna, and Birmingham have yet to decide whether to make the deal permanent.
"We will cross that bridge regarding Benitez's future when we come to it," he said.
"I will assess everything in the next couple of weeks.
"We have a deadline of May 25 to decide what we want to do. He has done well for us and we have to consider everything.
"Something could be sorted out before then. The fee is written into the deal but, you never know, loads of deals have been like that before and have become negotiable."
McLeish also paid tribute to loan keeper Joe Hart, saying: "People talk about Van der Sar saving 15 points a season for Manchester United.
"We wanted someone of the same sort of ability to do likewise and Joe has done that."