McLeish disappoined at draw
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish felt his side deserved all three points against Reading on Saturday.
By Laura Slatcher
Last Updated: 15/12/07 9:21pm
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is disappointed that his side could not hold on to their lead over Reading on Saturday.
Mikael Forssell had opened the scoring for the Blues after just four minutes but it was cancelled out early in the second half after Maik Taylor brought down Stephen Hunt handing Reading a penalty.
McLeish believes Reading were confident before the game after ending Liverpool's unbeaten run last time out but still felt his side should have won the game.
"I think we should have took all three points," he said. "We'll remain positive because it was a decent performance.
"The guys took the game to Reading who are a good side, buoyed by their performance against Liverpool last week.
"It was a great flick on by (Fabrice) Muamba and Mikael (Forssell) does what all international strikers do, he was in the right place at the right time. It was a fantastic start for us.
"We let Reading in just before half time but we went in one goal to the good. The penalty was a routine pass back, but I was glad he (Taylor) didn't let his head down and got on with it.
Birmingham had the chance to gain the win towards the end of the game when Gary McSheffrey's and Forssell's shots both hit the woodwork.
"How those stayed out I don't know," he added. "Normally I'd expect the Birmingham fans to will the ball into the back of the net. Unfortunately it wasn't for us today.
"We took a point and it's very important we continue picking up points. The way we played today showed everyone what we can do.
"It's fantastic with the games ahead, but this league is where you want to be."