Leeds United: Rowett’s delight at City’s away-day display

Gary Rowett.
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BIRMINGHAM CITY boss Gary Rowett felt Saturday’s 2-0 victory at Elland Road was his side’s best away performance of the season.

Demarai Gray opened the scoring for the visitors after a slip-up between Sol Bamba and Liam Cooper in the 31st minute and substitute Jacques Maghoma broke through for the second just before the end.

Rowett said: “I thought that was as well as we’ve played this season away from home.

“We frustrated Leeds, you could here the crowd getting a little bit frustrated and it was difficult for them to go anywhere. To limit a good Leeds side to probably one clear chance in the game, which Tomasz has made a magnificent save in the first half.

“Then to create quite a lot of great breaks and chances on goal, some of the positions we got in we really probably should have done better.

“But to score two goals, I’m delighted and to keep another clean sheet.”

Rowett will discuss Gray’s fitness with the England Under-20 management before deciding whether to withdraw him from the squad for the Mercedes-BenzCup competition in Germany. “He has had a lot of football and he complained to me that he had a groin injury at half-time. I have been tempted to rest him at times and he could probably do without international games at the moment,” said the Birmingham boss. “Sometimes young players need a rest. He took his goal really well. He has tended to snatch at chances or tries to be too precise so I told him to go for power.”

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