Alex McLeish refused to comment on whether he will stand down as Nottingham Forest manager after watching his side crash to a 2-1 npower Championship defeat at his former club Birmingham.

McLeish, as predicted by the Scot himself, received a torrent of abuse from the home fans before kick-off. And it was simply not his day as Chris Burke scored twice to leave Forest with only one win in seven games since McLeish took charge.

A late penalty from Billy Sharp was all the visitors could muster in response, but when asked if it was his last game in charge, McLeish said: "I am not commenting. I only want to talk about the game. There is no meeting planned with the chairman, Fawaz Al Hasawi. He was at the training ground on Friday. That will remain private."

"There is no problem with communication but I have no wish to make any comment other than about the game. We have had a disappointing run but we have had to make changes every week. This is why we wanted to add players during the transfer window, to enable us to go up the table.

"But when you lose goals like we did against Birmingham it is pretty tough to watch. There is not a lot I can control about that, as the players have to take real responsibility and make sure they do not concede silly goals as they did against Birmingham."

Forest's reply was a last-minute penalty from Sharp after he had been tripped by Curtis Davies, but Birmingham manager Lee Clark questioned the decision.

Clark said: "I just wish we could have got that elusive clean sheet. We then had that late penalty. I'm not disputing the penalty but if that was a penalty then Chris Burke's one 10 minutes earlier was probably a penalty. In the last four games we have had three penalties against us.

"I was disappointed we didn't win by a bigger margin with the chances we had particularly in the second half. I am enjoying it at the moment because we have a lot of pace in the team when we break.

"Chris Burke is back to his form of last season when he was the best player in the Championship.

"In the last seven or eight games he has been fantastic and I am glad we turned down what wasn't the biggest of bids for him from Nottingham Forest."