Birmingham City 2 - 1 Nottingham Forest

Match info: Championship at St Andrews Stadium

Date: 02/02/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: D Deadman Att: 17,738

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Birm'ham

Chris Burke 45+1,80

2
vs
1

N Forest

Billy Sharp 90+3 (pen)

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: February 2 2013, 19:18 GMT

Alex McLeish refused to comment on whether he will stand down as Nottingham Forest manager after watching his side crash to a 2-1 npower Championship defeat at his former club Birmingham.

Alex McLeish: Dismissed issues with Al Hasawi
Alex McLeish: Dismissed issues with Al Hasawi

McLeish, as predicted by the Scot himself, received a torrent of abuse from the home fans before kick-off.

And it was simply not his day as Chris Burke scored twice to leave Forest with only one win in seven games since McLeish took charge.

A late penalty from Billy Sharp was all the visitors could muster in response, but when asked if it was his last game in charge, McLeish said: "I am not commenting. I only want to talk about the game.

"There is no meeting planned with the chairman, Fawaz Al Hasawi. He was at the training ground on Friday. That will remain private.

"There is no problem with communication but I have no wish to make any comment other than about the game.

"We have had a disappointing run but we have had to make changes every week. This is why we wanted to add players during the transfer window, to enable us to go up the table.

"But when you lose goals like we did against Birmingham it is pretty tough to watch.

"There is not a lot I can control about that, as the players have to take real responsibility and make sure they do not concede silly goals as they did against Birmingham.

"It was pretty unprofessional to concede a goal with only 45 seconds to go in the first half."

Burke, who was called up into the Scotland squad last week, got things rolling for Blues when he gained possession from a Marlon King pass, jinked inside, and unleashed a left-footed shot which crashed against the crossbar and into the net.

The same player then sealed the game 10 minutes from time. Nathan Redmond cut the

ball back into the path of Burke to score from about 10 yards in front of goal.

Forest's reply was a last-minute penalty from Sharp after he had been tripped by Curtis Davies.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark questioned the decision which saw Forest awarded a spot-kick.

Clark said: "I just wish we could have got that elusive clean sheet. We then had that late penalty.

"I'm not disputing the penalty but if that was a penalty then Chris Burke's one 10 minutes earlier was probably a penalty. In the last four games we have had three penalties against us.

"I was disappointed we didn't win by a bigger margin with the chances we had particularly in the second half.

"I am enjoying it at the moment because we have a lot of pace in the team when we break.

"Chris Burke is back to his form of last season when he was the best player in the Championship.

"In the last seven or eight games he has been fantastic and I am glad we turned down what wasn't the biggest of bids for him from Nottingham Forest."

Clark also commented on goalkeeper Jack Butland's performance, saying: "He isn't bad for a lad on loan!

"Not only is he a magnificent goalkeeper, I think the way he has conducted himself about the whole business has been top draw. Really mature.

"I said that 999 young lads out of a 1000 would have jumped at the opportunity to join Chelsea because of the profile and the financial rewards it would bring.

"It shows me that he has an experienced head on his shoulders, that it was about the football and the trappings will follow automatically."

Butland snubbed a move to Chelsea in favour of joining Stoke on transfer deadline day, before being loaned back to Birmingham for the rest of the season.


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