McLeish's View: Norwich (h)

Last updated : 21 March 2009 By Brian Cartlidge

Blues opened the scoring when Caremon Jerome forced Canaries keeper David Marshall into dropping a cross fromHameur Bouazza and the Blues striker prodded home the loose ball from three yards out just seven minutes before the half time break.

"It was a clean jump by Cameron Jerome. Marshall should have punched instead of trying to catch the ball," McLeish said after the 1-1 draw at St Andrews.

"There was no contact with Jerome and Marshall hurt himself falling down."

Blues, however, failed to capitalise on their lead and eight minutes into the second period Sammy Clingan fired home an equaliser for the visitors direct from a free kick some 20-yards from goal.

"We had a good opportunity to shut the game out but then shot ourselves in the foot by giving away a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area," McLeish added.

"We have given away far too many free-kicks away on the edge of the area in recent games and somewhere along the line you are going to get punished, as we were on this occasion.

"Lee Bowyer was struggling with a back spasm but I think overall we had too many players who didn't perform to their full capabilties today."