Birmingham boss unconcerned at lack of transfer activity

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has rejected claims his lack of activity on transfer deadline day will affect the Blues progress.

Much of Birmingham's success has been built on a water-tight defence, while their one Achilles heel has been the lack of a regular goalscorer.

McLeish was strongly linked with Liverpool's Ryan Babel and Roman Pavlyuchenko of Tottenham but failed to land either on deadline day, while his bid to sign Aruna Dindane also broke down.

"We have got ourselves into a good position in the league and we know there is still a lot of hard work to be done," he told the Birmingham Mail.

"Now the window has shut, we move on with these players and we all have to recognise what they have done so far and place our faith in them to reproduce their performances again.

"Cameron Jerome and Christian Benitez have formed a very good partnership for us during the unbeaten run.

"And we have James McFadden who can play up front. It is not a position he is uncomfortable with.

"With Kevin Phillips, too, we have four very good strikers there.

"Although Garry O'Connor is still injured, we have to trust these guys to go through to the end of the season."