Birmingham manager Gary Rowett was magnanimous in defeat after his side lost 4-0 to Newcastle.
Gary said in his interview after the game that Newcastle gave Birmingham a football lesson this afternoon in front of a crowd of over 52,000 at the venerable St. James’ Park.
Dwight Gayle after scoring first goal
This is what Gary said after the game:
“Not only was it a bit of a football lesson, it was an athletic lesson as well.” “The top players run, sprint, they have got a little bit of everything more.”
“Make no bones about it that is a Premier League team we were playing against and in a stadium like this if you don’t start well and hang on a little bit longer you are going to find it’s a very, very tough afternoon.”
“Newcastle coming off a few defeats you knew they were going to be particularly motivated and put an incredibly strong team out.”
“I would say they are probably the best team I have seen in the Championship in terms of how they can hurt you.”
“We chose quite a technical team today, players who could pass the ball and pace up top.”
“My concern over the last few weeks has been people have wanted more technical players in the team – but sometimes unless you do the other side of the game you don’t get the ball enough to hurt the opposition.
“Their movement and their running first half at times was too much for us, we didn’t get close enough and we weren’t destructive enough to get opportunities to counter attack.
“If you are going to defend deep against a good side you are going to have to make sure you are intercepting a lot. We certainly didn’t do that.”
This was an important game for Newcastle after we had two men sent off in the first half of our last Championship game and lost 2-1 at Nottingham Forest – the referee Stephen Martin had a terrible game.
Both red cards were overturned on appeal by the FA last Tuesday and Shelvey and Dummett both started in this game.
It was a win we really needed today to go back to the top of the Championship.