Birmingham boss McLeish admits FA Cup has lost some magic

Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish admits the FA Cup has lost some of it's magic.

The Blues face Derby County today.

McLeish admits the FA Cup has lost some of its sparkle since the growth of the Premier League.

But he concedes it has taken on extra importance for City who have virtually made sure of top-flight survival for another season.

He said: "Maybe the cup has lost a bit because the Premier League is all powerful for teams to concentrate on either staying up or trying to win championships.

"Arsene Wenger is on record as saying he would rather finish third than win the two cups. It shows how important the Premier League is.

"The FA Cup does not have the magic it had before the inception of the Premier League.

"As the Premier League has gained momentum, it has maybe not become as important - but, when you get to the position we are in, then all of a sudden the FA Cup has become a beautiful trophy again.

"We know there is an opportunity here but so will Derby. They will have a full house, their fans will be raising the roof.

"Our 5,500 fans will be trying to out-shout them so it has the makings of a classic cup tie and both teams will be pulling everything out to try and win it."

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