Leeds United: Birmingham boss Rowett satisfied with ‘a good point’

Birmimgham City manager Gary Rowett.
Birmimgham City manager Gary Rowett.
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Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett admitted that while disappointed to have conceded so late, he had few complaints about his side’s 1-1 draw at Leeds United on Saturday.

City had lost just two Championship games from his 11 in charge before this and the former Burton boss was happy to keep that loss statistic as it was.

“I think if you look at the game and forget what went before the goal, we were 1-0 up with five minutes to go and we wanted to close it out,” he said.

“But if you look at the minutes before that it would have been unfair on Leeds if they’d not have got at least something.

“We were quite fortunate to have been 1-0 up at that period, but we would have liked to have seen things through. We conceded a very poor goal but it was a good point in the end at what’s a tough place to come.”

Rowett added: “It was quite unusual to see a Leeds side being so direct. They had Morison up there and hit him on the diagonal at all times and all opportunities.

“I think when people do that it is very hard to get out and you have choices in the game.

“We ended up changing it and trying to make the team a little bit bigger (with the introduction of David Edgar, Lee Novak and Nikola Zigic).

“Maybe we could have tried pressing higher up the pitch but then of course you leave space behind you, which makes you vulnerable.

“I felt we dealt with it okay – up until that point (when Leeds scored).”