Carr wants Blues to tighten up
Stephen Carr is confident Birmingham will avoid relegation providing they stop conceding 'silly' goals.
Last Updated: 15/11/10 10:44am
Stephen Carr is confident Birmingham City will avoid relegation this season providing they stop conceding 'silly' goals.
Birmingham slipped into the bottom three at the weekend following the 0-0 draw at Manchester City and have won just once in 11 Premier League games.
Alex McLeish's side have struggled to recapture the form of 12 months ago when Blues finished ninth after promotion to the Championship.
Skipper Carr is not concerned about the prospect of relegation, but is calling for the team to tighten up defensively.
Carr said: "We have enough in that dressing room to be safe. But if we keep conceding silly goals, we won't be safe.
"There have been penalties, own goals. If you look back, they have been poor. A lot of the goals have been gifts.
"If we just cut that out, we are quite solid in general as a team. We know the target we have to get to be safe. It's going to be tough again.
"It was good to get a clean sheet and a draw away from home against one of the big sides. It was a good confidence boost to the lads."
The full-back believes the relegation picture will not become clearer until the New Year, saying: "It won't be until after Christmas, even until a bit later, that you are going to see the teams that are really going to be in the mix.
"It's going to be tough and there no are teams you could definitely say look as if they are going to go down.
"I think it is going to go right to the end and there will be a few good teams in there.
"A few teams can say they are one win away from mid-table, but it's about getting those wins. They are hard to come by in the Premier League now.
"Games are so tight, but the good thing is it has been shown that everybody can beat everybody. It's a strange league this year."