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Birmingham eye Wembley trip


Birmingham City are exactly the sort of club that will be eyeing up the Carling Cup as a possible chance of lifting some silverware this season. While the bigger club’s eye the the more major trophies this season, Birmingham will have a decent chance if they play their strongest side in the tournament, something a lot of the other top flight sides do. McLeish certainly has an eye on a possible trip to Wembley, the Scot said: “Why not think of reaching Wembley? We've got to think that way but we do realise there are some incredible competitors out there.”

Birmingham City are exactly the sort of club that will be eyeing up the Carling Cup as a possible chance of lifting some silverware this season. While the bigger club’s eye the the more major trophies this season, Birmingham will have a decent chance if they play their strongest side in the tournament, something a lot of the other top flight sides do. McLeish certainly has an eye on a possible trip to Wembley, the Scot said: “Why not think of reaching Wembley? We've got to think that way but we do realise there are some incredible competitors out there.”

It’s going to be a tricky decision for McLeish with what to do for their Carling Cup tie against Brentford this week, the Blues have a derby match with Aston Villa at the weekend and the manager could be forgiven for focusing on that match over the cup game. Roger Johnson may be risked despite suffering from a niggling calf problem. McLeish has a depleted defensive department and may be forced to play the defender in the match.

They should have enough quality to see off their League One opposition. Brentford earned their place in the fourth round thanks to a memorable penalty shootout victory over Premier League Everton. The hero from that game was veteran keeper Richard Lee and the stopper returns to the Brentford side with their on loan number one Ben Hamer cup-tied.

While the Bees will be dreaming of another Premiership scalp, Birmingham.