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Zigic finding his feet and some form

BIRMINGHAM CITY 2 BLACKPOOL 0

Published 24/10/2010 | 05:00

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish believes striker Nikola Zigic will have gained a major boost after scoring for the second time in two games in the victory over Blackpool.

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The Serbian international followed up his goal against Arsenal by netting the decisive second in the win over the Seasiders -- City's first league win in seven games.

Zigic has taken time to adjust to the Premier League since his summer move from Valencia but there are signs he is adjusting.

"Goals give strikers confidence and this will have been another big boost for the big fellow," said McLeish.

"He has taken time to adjust to the English style of play but we are now starting to see some sharpness from everyone in the front areas -- including Nikola. As well as scoring goals himself he will also create chances for others and Nikola and Garry O'Connor did well together up front."

City brought to an end a six-game sequence without a win and climbed in to 11th spot after Liam Ridgewell opened the scoring with his second of the campaign.

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway admitted he had been outwitted tactically by McLeish. "We were beaten by the better team and the manager beat me with his tactics. They passed the ball superbly well and I did not expect them to play a diamond in midfield. I felt I let the lads down a bit.

"But I shall also have a go at our scouting set-up because no one told me they would play with a diamond. It's a fair result. We've got to learn from that. We created chances but the better team beat us."

Holloway refused to criticise captain Charlie Adam after his blunder gifted Zigic the second goal.

"Charlie apologised but I said 'don't be stupid, you didn't apologise when you scored 19 times for us last season'. I just felt the more experienced manager did for me tactically."

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