Gary Rowett: David Davis key to Birmingham City comeback

David Davis
Davis has been a regular for Birmingham City after his move from Wolves in the summer.

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett feels his team can learn from the example set by David Davis if they are to bridge the gap with their Championship rivals.

After coming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Derby. with two goals in added time, Rowett highlighted the midfield vigour of Davis as being key to their revival.

"David played really well. The intensity that the team had came from him," Rowett told BBC WM 95.6.

"One or two others needed to give a bit more and have a little more belief."

Rowett added: "We need more quality and more desire for possession but we kept going. There's always something if you keep believing."

No battering from Rams this time
Blues' inspiring late comeback to draw 2-2 at Derby was in marked contrast to the 4-0 home defeat they suffered to the Rams on Boxing Day.

The City manager, up against one of his former clubs, also showed his passion at the iPro Stadium, becoming involved in a heated argument with Derby's Johnny Russell just before half-time.

"I had a little bit of an argument with Johnny Russell," he admitted.

"I felt it was a little ungentlemanly that the ball had gone out for them because their player had a head injury and then the ball gets smashed into the corner and they try to pin us in with 30 seconds to go.

"Maybe my passion to win the game ran a bit too far. Everyone knows it's a special place for me to come back to and it was the frustration in me not wanting to let ourselves down."

Rowett also cleared up confusion over who had been credited with Blues' scrambled 96th-minute equaliser deep into injury time, revealing that it had gone down as leading marksman Clayton Donaldson's 13th goal of the campaign.

"It was Clayton who got the last touch," he said. "I think Clayton has got on the end of it and I managed to convince Rob Kiernan to let him have it because he's our top scorer at the moment."

Blues' point leaves them 14th in the Championship on 46 points, 15 clear of trouble, but 16 adrift of the play-off places with just 10 games to go.