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

Last updated : 15 February 2009 By Brian Cartlidge

Blues, as they have done so in in recent games, took a while to get going against Billy Davies' Championship strugglers but did eventually manage to secure what could prove to be a vital three points courtesy of second half goals from Marcus Bent and Keith Fahey.

"Results make a difference and if we don't get the result I'm a dud. If we do get the result then you're a great manager, that's the fickleness of the game," the Blues boss said after the 2-0 win at St Andrews.

"That's why we have to keep our sanity about the whole thing.

"I know we've stuttered a little bit but we have shown a toughness and I thought this was a very good, above-average performance.

"Forest gave us a few early scares but when we settled in we really did, for once, look like turning defenders and getting balls into the box and bodies into the box, when we've perhaps not done so earlier in the season. Even when we were winning.

McLeish also singled out Bent for special praise - the former Charlton striker having struggled to command a regular starting place in the side this season.

"He led the line brilliantly and it was much more like the Bent who terrorised defences in the Premier League," McLeish added.