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McLeish keeps the heat on; BLUES NEWS.

ALEX McLeish has revealed why he just cannot stay calm and collected in his technical area, much as he would like to.

The dug-out zone was a feverish place when Watford were at St Andrew's last weekend and McLeish and his assistants, Andy Watson and Roy Aitken, were beside themselves in the first-half on Tuesday evening at Plymouth Argyle,.

"Well, I go into the dugout and try not to put any pressure on the players," said McLeish.

"I say 'right, I will sit back in the dugout here', like a lot of the managers do in world football but then you see a couple of things and think 'I've got to let the guys know', 'I must let them know we're not settling for that'.

"Players get a bit sensitive nowadays and I appreciate the psychology that goes with it but my bark is worse than my bite because they know how well we all get on in training and in general.

"They also know that I've been through situations like this. I've been at the top of the league where you have to keep driving on.

"The only thing I'm trying to stop them doing and warning against is a drop in their standards."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Dec 13, 2008
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