““We are in danger of taking tackling our of the game completely.......We have to be careful in certain situations. But I do believe that the players are taking heed. But there will still be the odd occasion when players collide. It’s inevitable."
Now here's Goodplaya revealing Mcleish's attempt to make Martin Taylor exempt from any criticism for breaking Eduardo's leg and here's McLiesh after the game:
"The tackle by Nasri is a sending-off for me. He's kneed the guy in the back. Is that not violent conduct? I don't mean to be a whinger but we've had a lot of decisions go against us over the last wee while. One of our players is going to have to get hit with a baseball bat to get a penalty, that's for sure."
Roger Johnson has also done the same as McLeish, I am sure he wouldn't think he's whingeing either but he also took the opportunity to compare Wilshere's tackle to Taylor's leg breaking one, he also conveniently forgot his attempt at decapitating Chamkh with an elbow. Liam Ridgewell also took the opportunity to talk about being hard but fair before the game, he was keen to point out that flying in a bit late was just an 'unfortunate thing':
“Every player knows what he is doing and everyone in football knows what they are doing. I don't think you can be pumped up so you don't know where you are......You are going to get it everywhere, where someone is going to fly in a bit late – that is just an unfortunate thing.”
It's amusing to see how Birmingham have completely changed their stance in the space of a few hours. I don't even need to accuse them of being hypocrites myself, the quotes above tell their own story. The ridiculous thing is that the media have completely ignored this about turn and instead various tabloid monkeys have had the audacity to turn on the people who have been the most consistent and honest. Hypocrites, never.