Rowett: We need to pick up the pace

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Blues boss Gary Rowett has called for his team to enhance their urgency following their disappointing 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday last night.

Blues had an evening to forget as two goals in quick succession sent them on their way to their third away defeat of the season.

And following the loss, Blues boss Gary Rowett has called on his team to apply the pressure tomorrow night as they welcome MK Dons to St Andrews.

“Within a minute or two of being all right in the game- we weren’t at the races in terms or forward runs, our quality on the ball- we conceded two poor goals. There wasn’t a lot in it up til then.

“It was fairly even, they were a bit frustrated attacking-wise. We hadn’t got going, in terms of our quality, we didn’t have enough composure. Then, to be 2-0 down in the space of a couple of minutes was really infuriating. We have to be better than that.

“We had a few chances. Jonathan Grounds had an excellent chance, Michael Morrison hit the bar. But he hit the bar and we didn’t follow it up.

“We didn’t seem to play with any real urgency and there would be part of me that says having Christmas Day off probably worked against us but Sheffield Wednesday did exactly the same, so I don’t think that was the situation at all,” Rowett said.

 

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Despite the disappointing result, Blues still sit at tenth in the table- a very respectable position at this stage in the season. But the gaffer hasn’t ruled out making changes after the slightly humbling defeat.

“It’s a fair assumption based on a 3-0 defeat that I will make changes. It won’t be anything to do with rotation, it won’t be anything to do with rest. It will be down to the fact we were not good enough on Boxing Day.

“And when we have not been good enough, to that degree, then I will always try to change it. Of course the options are limited but we have got some good players ready to play,” Gary said.

Images- Sheffield Wednesday YouTube Channel and Birmingham Mail

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