Rowett frustrated by Sheffield loss

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Gary Rowett was understandably frustrated after his Birmingham City side lost 2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday yesterday.

Wednesday, who themselves are chasing promotion managed to turn the game around with two quick goals from Gary Hooper after Clayton Donaldson had given Blues the lead.

These days, Sheffield Wednesday sport a strong line-up capable of chasing promotion and a loss was no insult, but the way in which Blues conceded their lead frustrated manager Rowett.

“It was incredibly frustrating, not least because I felt in the first half we started really well. I think the injury to the goalkeeper, and I hope he’s okay- and the stoppage for 10 minutes really took the impetus out of the game at that point,” Rowett said.

“We got it back really well and apart from a couple of counter-attacks, we really dominated that first half in terms of possession and chances. There was a great chance for Clayton and he should have done a lot better, and then we got the goal.

“To go in 1-0 at half time- I was really pleased but I just felt we needed to do a little more to stop the game becoming too open at times. When you’ve got the attacking players that Wednesday have got, you know they only need one chance.”

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Wednesday have the likes of Aiden McGeady, Gary Hooper and Fernando Foristieri all on their books- players that have proven Premier League experience.

But that was irrelevant, as Rowett believed there was a clear refereeing decision that didn’t go in Blues’ favour.

“I can accept the bits that we don’t do well enough but the bits that are hard to accept are the ones that are out of your control.

“There was a clear foul on Diego Fabbrini in the middle of the pitch. I’ve seen it three or four times and there is also a clear block on Maikel.

“The fourth official said he saw it but didn’t think there was a lot in it. I was disappointed with that reaction and then they score to make it 2-1.”

 

 

 

Images: Standard, Birmingham Mail

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