Given to the rescue for shaky City

MARK HUGHES admitted his superstar Manchester City line-up were second best as keeper Shay Given saved them from the brink of defeat at St Andrews.<br /><br />Given kept out a second half penalty from Blues striker James McFadden to earn City the point they needed to take them into the Premier League top four.<br /><br />But Hughes was still not happy, however, admitting his side need to improve to challenge for honours.<br /><br />&ldquo;In terms of performance level, that is the poorest we have played in sometime,&rdquo; Hughes said. &ldquo;We got in good positions where we did create, but we didn&rsquo;t have the quality in the final third to pick the lock.<br /><br />&ldquo;We will take it as a positive, teams are taking points of each other &ndash; we will be there in the mix but it is not going to be steady progress, some days we will have days where we will disappoint.&rdquo;<br /><br />Given proved the City hero after keeping out McFadden&rsquo;s 56th minute spot-kick after Nigel de Jong handled.<br /><br />Christian Benitez earlier struck a post for Birmingham, while City went closest through Craig Bellamy, who had a shot blocked by Roger Johnson.<br /><br />Birmingham were reduced to ten men late on after Barry Ferguson was sent off for a second yellow card.<br />