Rowett: Nothing in top-six race

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Gary Rowett has emphasised that there is still nothing in the race for promotion as the gap at the top gets smaller and smaller.

Blues fell 2-1 at home to Sheffield Wednesday yesterday in a game marred with controversial refereeing decisions.

A couple of missed opportunities and a penalty claim that didn’t go Blues’ way decided it after Gary Hooper’s quickfire double gave the Owls the win.

Other than that, it wasn’t a poor performance by no means and Gary Rowett is still adamant his squad are in as good a position as ever to compete at the top.

“There is still nothing in it,” he told BCFC.com.

“It is testament to my players that we’ve managed to compete with the teams that are up there. We’ve been up and around it all season- we’ve never been far away from it at all.

“As we know, it’s very difficult to win games of football in this division but we’ve won as many as teams like Derby and others around us, which is a fantastic achievement so far,” Rowett said.

Derby County celebrate scoring their fourth in their 4-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Blues now have 16 games to go this season and with the additions they’ve made, have every right of staying in the mix for a top-six -place come the end of the season.

With Clayton Donaldson grabbing his first goal since coming back from injury and the form of Will Buckley looking ever-promising, there is still hope a promotion push can be maintained.

And Rowett believes that Blues’ current position allows them to carry on battling at the top-of-the-table.

“We’ve got 16 games to go know, a very good squad- and we’ve added to it- so we’re in a very good position.

“We’ll have to dig in and go again and make sure we get a result in the next game,” he added.

Images: Birmingham Mail, The Guardian

 

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