Leeds United: Rowett hails defensive resilience of battling visitors

Gary Rowett.
Gary Rowett.
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Delighted Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett hailed his side’s defensive resilience and character after yesterday’s 2-1 success at Leeds United.

Birmingham hit the front when Jacques Maghoma calmly fired home following a superb counter-attack but Leeds levelled when Hadi Sacko scored following a terrible goalkeeping blunder from Tomasz Kuszczak after 27 minutes. But Birmingham came out a different proposition after the break and got their reward 10 minutes after the restart when Michael Morrison smashed home from six yards after Leeds failed to clear a corner.

Rowett said: “We got into good areas often and limited Leeds in the second half. We were very strong and it suits us playing away from home.

“Leeds did well in the first half and caused us bother with their runners. We showed character in the second half and were in control of the game, We did not look under threat, only when we caused ourselves trouble.

“It was a really strong, organised and tactically concentrated performance.

“I thought we saw the game out very professionally. We know what we are as a team and we are getting better at it.

“The keeper is disappointed with the goal, he made a mistake, players make mistakes and you hope they don’t make too many.

“He shouldn’t have scored from there but it was an honest mistake and I will support him. Leeds were bright and I’d be disappointed if I was Garry Monk to have lost the game.”