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McLeish living in dreamland at Birmingham

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish claims it is the “stuff that dreams are made of” for his side to be level on points with Liverpool approaching the halfway stage of the season.

McLeish's squad were written off as likely relegation candidates at the start of the campaign following their promotion from the Coca-Cola Championship as runners-up to Wolves.

But they have 24 points — the same as the Reds — after a seven-game unbeaten run and they will be aiming for a fifth successive win in tonight's home meeting with Blackburn. McLeish though has his feet firmly on the ground and knows the situation can quickly alter if his players become complacent.

He said: “We've reached the giddy heights of eighth position but we have to move on. We don't look back and the focus is on winning the next game.”

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