Rowett buoyed by biggest crowd of the season


Despite a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday yesterday, Blues were cheered on by their biggest crowd of the season at St Andrews.

20,302 were present at the ground as Blues fell to fellow promotion chasers Sheffield Wednesday but it is important to point out that the Owls were cheered on by a strong away following if 3,047.

Regardless, 17,000 home fans is still one of the biggest gates this season and Rowett was quick to praise the St Andrews faithful for their support.

“I think if the sun had been shining we might have had another one or two thousand but, listen, they were in great voice and great spirits as soon as we came out.

“I felt as though the first-half performance warranted that and I’m sure they’d have been really heartened by it.

“I’m certainly pleased they turned up in good numbers,” Rowett told


But the highest gate this season couldn’t do anything as two quick goals from Gary Hooper gave Wednesday the lead, after two quite dubious refereeing decisions in the build up to the goals.

Although disappointed, Rowett was quick to highlight those moments in the game could have gone either way.

“We’ve had them this season when we’ve been given them and perhaps they weren’t penalties, so I can’t whinge too much about it.

“Certainly those two moments were crucial in the game and made it very difficult for us to win,” he added.





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