McLeish backs Derbyshire
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has backed striker Matt Derbyshire to add to his goal tally.
Last Updated: 08/01/11 6:00pm
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has backed striker Matt Derbyshire to add to his goal tally and begin to earn a regular place in his starting line-up.
The former Blackburn forward has struggled since moving on loan to St. Andrews from Olympiakos in August, but scored a brace in the Blues' 4-1 victory over Millwall.
Birmingham have found goals hard to come by this season and are struggling in the Premier League; currently in 15th place in the table.
But Derbyshire's double gave McLeish reasons to be positive that his team can score more goals, with Rangers striker Kenny Miller expected to arrive at the club to bolster his options over the next week.
"Matt has been waiting for his opportunity. He played in a couple of Carling Cup games but looked a little short of fitness in the first few months, but those goals will do his confidence the world of good," said McLeish.
"Strikers thrive on confidence and he will benefit from that. He did well with his first goal and it was great to see it nestling in the back of the net."
"He is on loan until the end of the season. I have been waiting for the strikers to settle from the start of the season.
"We have worked hard and I cannot fault them with their efforts but they have been unfortunate with the finishing side of things.
"I believe there are goals in this side and Cameron (Jerome, who scored his team's fourth) and Matt showed that today.
"Cameron is normally worth 10-12 goals a season. He just needs a little break."
"Millwall had chances but the first goal settled us. If it had gone the other way it would have been game on and a complete change psychologically for our players.
"The play of Alexander Hleb and (Jean) Beausejour definitely made a difference for us with their threading of their through balls."
Millwall boss Kenny Jackett admitted that the defeat at the Den was hard to take.
The Lions were previously on a unbeaten run of eight matches prior to the game, but were brought back down to earth with this heavy loss.
"We're disappointed with the result," Jackett said.
"We wanted to try and cause an upset. Birmingham were clinical and that made the difference."
Jackett also felt that the loss of Jason Puncheon, who returned from a loan spell to Southampton, was a blow to them and that they were doing what they can to bring him back.
"Jason scored five goals in seven matches and he is under contract at
Southampton," he added.
"We are keen on Jason. We'll see what comes about in terms of who's out there. He is still a target."