Gary Rowett: Birmingham boss praises 'best' display of the season

Birmingham City are one of three sides still unbeaten away in the Championship this season
Birmingham City are one of three sides still unbeaten away in the Championship this season

Birmingham boss Gary Rowett boss says his side's win at Leeds was probably their 'best' performance of the season.

Goals from Demarai Gray and Jacques Maghoma maintained Blues' unbeaten away start in the Championship and saw them rise to fourth in the table.

"It was a wonderfully disciplined performance with two fantastic goals," Rowett told BBC WM 95.6.

"We're showing quality on the break. We counter attacked well. The more they come at us, the more space they leave."

"It was probably our best performance of the season in every way," he added.

"We allowed them one clear-cut chance from which Tomasz Kuszczak has made a great save."

Blues picked up hamstring injuries to their two wingers, England Under-20s star Gray and Wales international David Cotterill, which might force them out of international action.

BBC WM phone-in with Gary Rowett
Blues boss Gary Rowett will be available to talk to City fans on Monday, 5 October (18:00-19:00 BST) on the Football Phone-In on BBC WM 95.6.

But, after picking up their second away win in five days - and their third of the season, Rowett was particularly pleased to have come through such a punishing recent schedule.

"After seven games in 21 days, and with a small squad, you could have forgiven a lack of energy," he said.

"To have no break and have to come back late from a long midweek trip to Brentford, when Leeds had a free week, I thought it might show but we've now got two weeks to recover.

"I love my players going for international breaks. But we're just coming off the back end of a punishing schedule in which we've picked up a few little niggles.

"David Cotterill has tweaked his hamstring and he'll struggle. And, as for Demarai Gray, he's also struggling and we'll have to give England a call. He started the game saying it was tight and he came off when he felt it had got even more tight. We have to be careful with player like that."

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