McLeish's View: Nott'm Forest (a)

Last updated : 02 January 2010 By Brian Cartlidge

McLeish reserved special praise to the players he had been enforced into bringing into the team due to suspensions and injuries to some of his first team squad.

"It was a hard tie," the Blues boss told Sky Sports News after the goalless draw at The City Ground.

"We knew when the draw was made that we were facing a Forest side who were in great confidence, albeit we are too.

"We made a few changes, enforced changes with one or two injuries and niggles, and I thought the lads who came in gave us absolutely everything.

"They gave 100 per cent attitude and application and Kevin is unlucky not to bag a brace.

"Stephen Carr was suspended, James McFadden was a bit tight on his hamstring and Scott Dann had a bit of tenderness in his knee.

"Maybe it could be seen as a calculated risk to keep the momentum going if it was a Premier League game but I feel we have enough experience and ability in reserve to come in and they slotted in very well.

"I understand they are perhaps lacking a bit of match practice but that didn't stop those players coming in and giving us everything.

"I would have liked to have won it, but Forest had a lot to say about that.

"They had their chances and we also had our chances, but we'll take the draw. We're still in the cup."