Ridgewell wants more of same
Liam Ridgewell feels Birmingham will climb the table if they keep performing like they did against Man Utd.
Last Updated: 30/12/10 3:07pm
Defender Liam Ridgewell is confident Birmingham will start climbing the table if they keep performing like they did against Manchester United.
Alex McLeish's side snatched a late point at home to the Premier League leaders on Tuesday night after Lee Bowyer knocked in a last-gasp strike for a 1-1 draw.
The Blues, who finished ninth in the league last year, entered the clash in the bottom three following Fulham's win at Stoke, but now sit just outside the drop zone in 17th on goal difference.
And Ridgewell feels his side will avoid relegation this season if they continue to show the same character they did against the Red Devils.
"We need to keep producing that kind of performance if we're going to stay in this league," Ridgewell told Birmingham's official website.
"We did really well in the first half. United came on and got more into their rhythm in the second half but like we've done in the last couple of years, we showed that never-say-die attitude and Bow came up with a great goal. It was a great result.
"People expect much more of us, especially after our achievements last season. But we've got to keep going in the same manner as tonight and we'll be alright."
Despite their lowly spot in the table, the Blues have one or two games in hand over the majority of their league rivals after seeing two of their matches postponed due to the cold snap.
Ridgewell added: "Of course we're disappointed to be where we are in the table but we hadn't played for two-and-a-half weeks and teams around us were playing games and picking up points.
"We've just got to concentrate on what we're doing and we know we're good enough."
The Blues face another testing encounter at Arsenal on New Year's Day, with the Gunners entering the clash on the back of a mixed week having beaten title rivals Chelsea on Monday before being held to a 2-2 draw at Wigan on Wednesday evening.
"Another easy game," Ridgewell joked.
"The games are coming thick and fast. We had a good performance against them last season and on the back of this game hopefully we can get a good result.
"I watched their match against Chelsea and they're on fire at the minute, but then so are Manchester United. Hopefully we can produce another good performance.
"It's important that we get in amongst them, stop them building up any rhythm and then try and hit them when we can."