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Birmingham attacker McFadden: Gaffer deserves praise

James McFadden has heaped praise on Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish for taking the club back to the Premier League at first attempt.

"Last year we were really unlucky to go down," said McFadden. "It was a by a point. I don't think we deserved it.

"But the league table doesn't lie, so you are where you are. The manager has done his job and there's nothing more that can be asked of him.

"He's had a lot of critics but he's a fantastic manager and that's why we've got back to the Premier League. Our aim at the start of the season was to get back up and that's what we've achieved."

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