Blues defensive record impresses Allardyce

Last updated : 26 October 2003 By Brian Cartlidge

Blues go into tomorrows game at the Reebok with the 2nd best defensive record in the Premiership, having conceded just five goals in their nine games played this season - three of those at Old Trafford with 10 men!

"There probably couldn't be a more difficult game than Birmingham," Steve Bruce's mate told his clubs official website,

"They've got one of the best defensive records in the Premiership at the minute. It just shows what clean sheets do for you.

"They haven't created as many chances as ourselves or scored as many goals as we have but have got seven clean sheets out of nine and fourth spot in the Premiership.

"That's what good solid defensive organisation brings you."