Rowett de­lighted to be bor­ing!

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By An­drew Brook

BIRM­ING­HAM now have five wins from Gary Rowett’s first eight games in charge, mean­ing the Blues boss cared lit­tle about his side’s con­tri­bu­tion to an appalling spec­ta­cle.

After last week’s 6-1 maul­ing of Read­ing; Rowett’s men failed to re­peat their scor­ing hero­ics for a sec­ond week run­ning in this drab af­fair.

But after se­cur­ing all three points; it was the re­sult and not the per­for­mance that pleased Rowett.

He said:“It was very dif­fer­ent to the other wins, but I think we needed to do that this week. It was full of at­tack­ing flair last week, but you al­ways know you're not go­ing to do that again away from home.

“We needed to come and put a hard-work­ing per­for­mance in. We're not there to en­ter­tain away from home. It's not up to us to make the game.

“We felt at half-time we could sit off and see a 0-0 draw out.We haven't showed that lack of am­bi­tion so far. We've al­ways tried to win games.

“The goal came from a mo­ment of bril­liance, but our hard work and en­deav­our cer­tainly earned us the right to come away with some points, whether that was three or one.”

The only note­wor­thy mo­ment was David Cot­ter­ill’s goal. Clayton Donaldson earned a cheap foul from An­thony Ger­rard and Cot­ter­ill swerved the free-kick over the wall and be­tween Alex Smithies’ hands. As 5-0 losers at Nor­wich last week, it was un­der­stand­able Hud­der­s­field wanted to shut the game down and they had the most pos­ses­sion and re­stricted Birm­ing­ham to longdis­tance shots.

But the Ter­ri­ers can­not con­sider them­selves un­for­tu­nate. They were the min­i­mally su­pe­rior of two sides mu­tu­ally un­de­serv­ing of vic­tory.

The game was a pedes­trian mid­field bat­tle with no-one able to string for­ward passes to­gether.

Birm­ing­ham were con­tent to de­fend deep and give Hud­der­s­field’s de­fence time on the ball, but the Ter­ri­ers never trans­ferred the ball from back to front ef­fec­tively.

The liveli­est mo­ments were a few speedy surges from Harry Bunn, Sean Scannell or De­marai Gray, but th­ese mo­ments came to noth­ing.

As the first half came to end Grant Holt had Hud­der­s­field's best chance. The Wi­gan-loa­nee cap­i­talised on Scannell’s typ­i­cally-scuffed shot to be free on goal at the back post, but Dar­ren Ran­dolph re­acted quickly to deny him.

The Ter­ri­ers’ only other threat­en­ing mo­ments were in the fi­nal min­utes, after the be­lated in­tro­duc­tion of dif­fer­ent at­tack­ers.

Joe Lol­ley car­ried more men­ace in three min­utes on the pitch than his team­mates had through­out 90 and his curl­ing shot was pushed wide by Ran­dolph.

Hud­der­s­field man­ager Chris Pow­ell said:“It wasn't an ex­cit­ing game. We needed to be more com­pact and stronger, which I got in the main.

“I didn’t want to be as open as we were last week.We needed to make sure we had a foothold in the game, which we cer­tainly did, but the cut­ting edge wasn't there.

“It’s only nat­u­ral to look over our shoul­ders be­cause of the po­si­tion we're in.

“I don’t think we're a side that should be many places higher, but we’re not in the po­si­tion we’d like to be.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age Ltd

FOILED: Dar­ren Ran­dolph races off his line to make a point blank save from Grant Holt

cel­e­brates SCORER: David Cot­ter­ill

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