Alex McLeish – We Had Cruel Luck

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish was not happy with the penalty Rob Styles awarded to Newcastle today when Oba Martins seemed to be brought down in the box. But how many managers are happy with penalties against them?


Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish

Birmingham can feel a little aggrieved that they got nothing from this game as they played quite well against a resolute Newcastle United side.

The Blues had actually gone ahead after 9 minutes when Cameron Jerome scored, but referee Styles then thought Mathew Sadler brought down Oba Martins in the 18-yard area to hand Newcastle a life-line after 36 minutes. And Oba duly accepted that lifeline by firing home himself from the penalty spot.


Habib Beye – scored the winner in the 90th minute

Newcastle then won the game courtesy of a 90th minute header from Senegalese right back, Habib Beye, who had another strong game for the Magpies today.

McLeish, who made a great start to his managerial career for Birmingham City last week, when they scored a late winner at White Hart Lane to beat Tottenham 3-2, was not happy about referee Styles’ decision today. Alex talked to Sky Sports after today’s game:

“Nobody could see what Rob has seen,” “I’ve seen the pictures since and Saddler wins the ball and Martins is never getting there.”“I’m not so sure, it was very soft.”

“It was a really harsh decision against us and a couple of decisions have gone against us and turned the game for Newcastle.”

“It was cruel because we looked comfortable. Newcastle threw a lot in to the box and we coped admirably. We know we have got to pick ourselves up.”

“We have taken three points from six and most people would have tipped us to take zero from six so that is a positive for us.”

“With a little bit more belief we could have come away with an even better result than a draw never mind losing the game.”

That’s the rub of the green and you win some and you lose some. But for once Lady Luck smiled on Newcastle today, and we were able to get all 3 points, which we so desperately needed. Let’s all hope it’s upward and onward from now on. Sam now has a full week to prepare the side for Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Steve_48

    Dec 8, 2007 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Sorry Alex you make your own luck and for ‘kin years we’ve been on the receiving end of last minute goals, for a change today, hard work, effort, and sheer self belief got us to the winning post first for a change.

    What goes around, comes around, good game [a la Brucie] nice to see you, to see you nice 😉 Nothing for pair, not in this game.

    Sorry adrenalin fueled!

  • Mike

    Dec 8, 2007 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #2

    I think he had good luck!
    After the first half the scoreline should have been 5-1, Even with a 1-1 Draw I would have said they were extremely lucky!

    Ya maybe the penalty was a soft call and a 90th minute goal is never fun to take, but he also has to concentrate on the poor marking in the book on our free kicks and corners that we were “unlucky” to finish…

  • Bobby Ollox

    Dec 8, 2007 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #3

    ah bless ! He’s only new…… Maybe we should have not tried so hard…..

  • Greg B

    Dec 8, 2007 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #4

    McLeish should hang on a few weeks before he picks them grapes, they seem to be a bit sour!!
    Fair do’s, a draw looked a fair result in the 89th minute but as the legendary Bill Shankley once said a game lasts for 90 minutes, it dosent matter if you score in the first minute or the 90th minute they all count… and that one certainly counts!!!
    Alex McLeish reckons that Brum should have had something out of the game today…… all I can say Alex, check the Sunday Mirror sports pages tomorrow, im pretty sure it will show Newcastle got the 3 points today 🙂 and well deserved I may add.

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 8, 2007 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Good to see beye try and ge the crowd pumped up and the score two minutes later. Gives the crowd and the players a belief.

  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Dec 9, 2007 at 5:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Flame me for complaining, but despite having so much possession, why couldn’t we score more goals? I didn’t watch the match, just read live-commentary on the beeb (after the match was long over), along with other match reports.

    If goals are so hard to come by, I wonder if we will score against opposition higher than us in the table…

  • Mike

    Dec 9, 2007 at 5:51 AM

    Comment #7

    To answer your question of why we didn’t have that many goals is because of luck, or lack there of. Martins got on the end of a N’zoggy cross and it hit the goalie, and roz headed one off the bar, I think Barton hit the cross bar once too…
    We had a lot of chances that you will capitalize on more often than not.

  • yh

    Dec 9, 2007 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Mike, Milner’s shot was the one which hit the cross bar. And 30 seconds before that shot, Milner had another shot which was saved by Maik Taylor – who really had a rather decent game and QUITE GOOD LUCK so I don’t see why McLeish should be complaining.

    If they were really unlucky, we could’ve scored at least 3 goals and not gotten the penalty LOL

  • Mike

    Dec 9, 2007 at 6:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Ya Milner continued to impress! that guy is money!

    I was really impressed with the last two games because in each we gave up early goals, but unlike the Liverpool and Portsmouth game we didn’t fall apart, we actually stepped up our game and played with passion I haven’t seen since the beginning of the season like the game against Tottenham.

    Lets just hope it keeps going, because we definetly need to collect some points if we want this season to be deemed a successful one!

  • Craig Allen

    Dec 9, 2007 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #10

    Yeah Alex and what about the free kick just outside the box not awarded (linesman saw it but ref over-ruled – but it was blatant) and the hand ball (penalty) not given??

    Cruel luck? Come off it.

    PS: Greg B (even tho the support @ Vegas was overwhelming – I’m afraid Floyd was too clever/sneaky for the kind of fight he was hoping for) – apologies for the digression Ed 😀 But it was a fantastic fight!

  • Craig Allen

    Dec 9, 2007 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #11

    “If goals are so hard to come by, I wonder if we will score against opposition higher than us in the table…”


    we just scored against the log leaders on Wednesday, remember? 🙂

  • Jeremy9

    Dec 9, 2007 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #12

    sorry but i just have to say, across the pond in the United States, coaches or ‘managers’ don’t maker near the excuses they make over there. What’s worse is ‘Sir’ Alex and the Chosen One make excuses all the time, and I think that is just ridiculous. Hate me if you want, but your managers need to stop complaining.

  • Leo

    Dec 9, 2007 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #13

    i didnt read this article because im soo tired due to the hatton fight paintballing and many football matches over this weekend, ending up in 3 hours sleep. but how can mcleish claim they have had cruel luck!!!

    absolute bullshit. pentalty was defo a pen, right up from where i sit, then we should have had another penalty due to a blatent handball


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