NIGEL Quashie has stressed that the Birmingham City dressing room is a ‘first class’ place to be.

Blues players had words between themselves after the draw at Nottingham Forest as frustrations came to the boil.

But Quashie said that there was a passionate bond that ties the squad and management.

“When you come to a new club you don’t know what to expect [in the dressing room],” said the loan midfielder from West Ham United, who made his starting debut on Saturday.

“But you know what, the team spirit here is first class, and that reflects on the players, the manager and the staff at the training ground.

“If you go around the players you will find that they are all very professional and have a desire and hunger to do well.

“You’re always going to get different characters but I don’t see a fault or a problem with any player.”

Alex McLeish revealed that in the wake of the 1-1 draw, when Blues failed to press home the advantage of an early lead, players began to argue about the standard of the performance.

The manager stressed that he was fine about it: “The players came in and had a go at each other and I was glad to hear that.

“Those performances are not going to be good enough. We have had disruptions to the personnel over the last two or so weeks but I thought we would have handled it better than we have done.

“It remains private what was said in the dressing room but it was frustration at the last three performances. At least some of them are aware because thank God it wasn’t my voice again.”

The point at Forest was Blues’ first in three games.

Attentions now turn to Charlton Athletic at home on Saturday, another side battling against Championship relegation.

McLeish will no doubt hope that the post-match ructions in the City Ground dressing room manifests into an improved display and determined mentality that is sustained for the whole 90 minutes.

He said: “We have to stick together and we have to stay positive. We’re still second. Wolves have a bit of a gap but we know gaps have been closed before.”