More woe for Blues but Zola won’t quit
GIANFRANCO Zola is adamant he will still be in charge of Birmingham for their Easter Monday ding-dong with Burton.
Disgruntled Blues fans made their feelings known, chanting for the Italian’s head, after their side became the first team to fail to beat Rotherham since February 11.
A first three points in eight games looked on the cards when Kerim Frei converted a delicious 25-yard free-kick in the 73rd minute, but Danny Ward’s leveller 12 minutes later stopped a run of ten successive Millers defeats.
The draw leaves Blues just four points above the drop zone ahead of a ‘must-win’ game with Burton.
“Why should I leave before the end of the season?” a defiant Zola said. “I don’t leave things undone. I can handle the situation so why should I leave?
“We have four games to play. We need those points to be safe, then we will focus on next season. Then I will say things that have to be said. At the end of the season I will say a few things and we will assess the situation. I will be the first one to take the responsibility for things.
“I am not happy. I have not been happy for a long time, I am waiting for the break but it is difficult to get it.
“We are all disappointed. We had different expectations for us.”
Rotherham, relegated to League One a fortnight ago, had not registered a point since a 1-1 draw with Blackburn two months ago and another defeat looked on the cards when Frei sent in a superb free-kick with only 17 minutes left.
The Millers rallied, though, and levelled when Ward cut inside and fired into the bottom corner and they should have been celebrating a first three points since January but Jerry Yates embarrassingly missed a sitter at the death.
“My overriding emotion is contentment because of the run we have been on and they scored a wonder goal with the freekick,” boss Paul Warne said.
“It’s a difficult job when things are going quite right, they could easily down tools.
“Although we could have taken all three points I am still taking pride for the second half. They had a right go.
“I am edged with a bit of disappointment because of the chance we had at the end but I am pretty buoyant.
“It feels pretty amazing. If Jerry scored we would have celebrated like we’d have been promoted.
“It was nice to get at least one point.”
STAR MAN KERIM FREI Birmingham