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McLeish fears Fulham backlash

Birmingham City are expecting a tough game at Craven Cottage on Saturday after Fulham's 4-1 drubbing by Manchester City.

"Yes, we've got to be ready for it because Fulham will be smarting," said Birmingham manager Alex McLeish.

"They took a defeat from Manchester City. I saw the game. They got better in the second half. They were much stronger."

"I am sure Mark Hughes will take that positivity into our game rather than looking at the first half where, to be fair to Manchester City, they played some excellent football."

McLeish believes that the work Hughes will have undertaken this week will be weighted towards rebuilding team morale.

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