Forssell looking for spark
Mikael Forssell hopes that Birmingham's draw with Arsenal last weekend will help boost their survival bid.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 28/02/08 1:03pm
Mikael Forssell hopes that Birmingham's battling draw with Arsenal last weekend will help to boost their survival bid.
Blues left it late to snatch a point in a 2-2 draw with the league leaders, but the result keeps them outside of the relegation zone and will have helped raise confidence ahead of a home showdown with Tottenham on Saturday.
While admitting that the Gunners clash will forever be remembered for the horrific injury sustained by Arsenal striker Eduardo, and the subsequent sending off of Martin Taylor, Forssell hopes that the game itself will represent a change in Blues' fortunes this season.
"Our thoughts were with Eduardo after what happened but it was a fantastic point for us," he said.
"To get two draws with Arsenal this season is a big achievement.
"Hopefully the result last weekend can be a spark for us. We know we need more points at home. Now we need to try and keep this momentum going.
"We'd been unlucky in games before but against Arsenal we fought back. We were losing 2-1 for a long time with 10 men and we still came back. That was the greatest thing."
Forssell was the player to be sacrificed following Taylor's sending off on Saturday, but he remains confident of living up to manager Alex McLeish's billing that he is the one striker who is more than capable of getting the goals to fire the club to safety.
"It was disappointing to have to go off but we got the result and that is the most important thing," he said.
"Well done to the lads and I just personally have to look to this Saturday and hope I get another chance.
"I want to repay the manager's faith that I can score goals at this level. I think I can live up to that belief of the gaffer.
"I have been confident all season and I'm just hoping for a proper chance.
"I am sure the Tottenham match will be a different game again and different tactically because we are not going to be basically starting with 10 men."