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McLeish wants fortress Birmingham to continue and equal record

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has urged the Blues to equal a club record of 18 games without blemish at home in the top flight if they avoid defeat to Wigan Athletic, reports the Birmingham Mail. Including cup matches, Blues have not lost in 20 outings at St Andrew's.

"This seems to be the topic this week, the home record," McLeish noted. "I'm aware of the headlines telling everybody that's the case and I'm sure people looking on are reading papers and saying 'ah, this will be the one they finally lose it after talking about it so much'. I can't avoid it, you're asking me about it, and it is an achievement to go as long as we have done without losing at St Andrew's.

"We have got a great record - and we want to preserve it. The players have got to give me everything and do everything in their power to preserve it.

"We know some day we will lose at St Andrew's. That's a fact. It will happen. But even when it does, those players won't go down without fighting.

"And it's not something we are thinking about. What matters is getting the result tomorrow and continuing to do what we do in front of our own supporters.

"St Andrew's is a place where the opposition are apprehensive going and we have to make sure it stays that way, with the help of the supporters who have given us superb backing in the last year."

Blues went unbeaten for 17 top-flight games at St Andrew's in 1906-07, then opened the next campaign with a victory on their own turf.

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