Carr not getting carried away

Carr not getting carried away

Stephen Carr insists Birmingham will not get carried away after claiming a fifth Barclays Premier League win in a row tonight to move up to sixth in the table.

Blues beat Blackburn 2-1 at St Andrew’s courtesy of a double from Cameron Jerome to climb above Manchester City and Tottenham, for 24 hours at least.

Alex McLeish’s side then defended valiantly to secure the three points after Ryan Nelsen pulled one back for the struggling visitors.

Captain Carr told Sky Sports: “We knew what to expect, a lot of really long balls, but we stayed strong and picked up lots of second balls and we got our just rewards. We never make it easy but the lads stayed strong.”

Regarding the run, which began with a 1-0 victory over Fulham on November 21, he added: “It’s massive. I’ve never had it in my career, it’s unbelievable.

“But there’s a certain number of points we need to stay safe and we just need to keep our feet on the ground.”

While echoing his captain’s caution, McLeish is keen to push his players.

“We need to keep our feet in the ground but we need to challenge the players in every game,” he said.

“We’ve got to try and amass as many points as possible as quickly as possible but we’ve achieved nothing yet.

“I’m really proud of the players. It was a phenomenal performance and I thought we could have won by more. I thought we were fantastic tonight.”

Jerome has come in for some stick after netting only one goal this season before tonight, and McLeish added: “It’s fantastic. Cameron scored goals against Blackburn the last time they came here a couple of years ago. He was brilliant tonight.”

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