McLeish's View: Ipswich (h)

By Brian Cartlidge
Last updated : 26 November 2008

Blues put on a great first half display in which they took a two-goal lead through Liam Ridgewell and Kevin Phillips.

Blues took their foot off the pedal in the second period and allowed Ipswich back into the match and former defender Alex Bruce netted what proved to be just a consolation goal for the visitors six minutes from time.

"The momentum we built up in the first half was not repeated although we did have chances to have increased our lead," McLeish said after the match at St Andrews.

"As expected, Ipswich came back into the game in the second half and made it difficult for us.

"I thought the players showed great mental toughness in the circumstances and got us a deserved victory.

"I thought Nigel Quashie was very influential linking play from midfield to the forwards. It was a blow when we had to replace him.

"The front four were in terrific form. James McFadden now looks like the player he was when he joined us last season.

"Seb Larsson was outstanding. His crosses into the box were vintage Larsson.

"We now visit Wolves on Saturday against a team who are deservedly top of the table.

"Their confidence will be high but there is no reason to fear the game so far as I am concerned."

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