Birmingham Manager – Newcastle Gave Us A Football Lesson


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.

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43 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 10, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #1

    yes, yes we did

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  • JAMSHA

    Dec 10, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Couldnt Watch The Game To Attend Family Wedding, Prayd We Win , Since Iv Been Haveng bad time For the Last 2 Weeks An WowJust Came On Blog to Check Out An We Won 4-0 No Wonder I Was Feelng Better Today xD

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  • JAMSHA

    Dec 10, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Any Links Where I Can Watch The Full Game Or Download It?

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 10, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Well, the manager agreed with me anyway! As usual I missed the bus so I’ll Repost.
    4Bobbybee // Dec 10, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Just back home. Couldn’t have called that better really. Said it would be the best game and not far wrong. Birmingham took us on at football and got a lesson in how it should be played. ? Trying to match us they left themselves vulnerable and we capitalised big style. Could’ve been a bigger score as well if we’d been a bit more ruthless, but I’ll take four nil any game. Got to give Diame a big shout out. That was the player we thought we’d bought today and if Gayle hadn’t scored three he would’ve been motm. Pleased for the lad because it’s been tough for him this season. Hopefully that’s him back on form and if it is, we’ll beat teams for fun. All in all a belting game in which our one touch football was a delight to watch. Had a feeling this was going to be a great game and I don’t think we’ve played much better. Atsu looked good when he came on again and the back four was solid as a rock. Can only think of one shot they had on target, which was followed by the miss of the day with a shocking header! ? Good atmosphere as well. Great game, great football and great fans. What more is there to say?

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 10, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Next games against Wigan and Burton should be bankers
    Third game is Sheff Wednesday – trickier -but winnable.
    Then Forrest – the return – need to whop them well and truly.

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  • Small World

    Dec 10, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #6

    OK, c’mon who’s going to tell what the phone lights were about. It was like a bloody Barry Manilow gig at one point. Must confess I joined in just for the crack :0)

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 10, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Eek! You’re right we should win those games Tuff, but not sure anything in this league is a banker, after Blackburn. Be disappointed if we don’t win though. If we play like we did today though nobody can live with us. Today was a complete performance right through the game. Like you, I don’t see where we might lose over the Christmas period, but I’m wary of saying so! Well worth watching the highlights on TV tonight, very impressive.

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  • Budge123

    Dec 10, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Thought the Brum fans were the best away fans at SJP this season.

    Bobby is right that Diame started great and was having a very good game but he faded too much for me . Outside of Gayle I had Hayden as man of match. Totally disproved the hokem that Shelvey can only play well with Colback.
    Mitro looked disinterested when he came on I thought.
    Great performance throughout the team though.

    Plus it won me £40 so happy days!

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 10, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #9

    The Wednesday game is sold out already I see. (Wednesday as in Sheffield, not Wednesday night :))

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 10, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Spotlight Kid,
    You say we’ve lost our aura of invincilbility, do we get it back after we win the next nine in a row.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 10, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #11

    3 points today for both Newcastle and the mighty Swans, what a good day it’s been.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 10, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Only time I want Liverpool to win is tomorrow.

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 10, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Budge, he did fade, but in fairness he was probably knackered after his first half performance. He was literally everywhere and fought hard for everything. Best game he’s played for us. Thought Hayden was going to score when he went on that run though matey. Hard to say anybody even had a moderate game today, they all played well.

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 10, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Welshie, you ain’t wrong bud, two great results! Can’t see you getting any arguments on that point tonight. Did you watch the Swansea game online? If so, give us a laugh and tell us how bad sunlit were please. 🙂

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  • Budge123

    Dec 10, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Agree on his best game Bobby im just tired of his ‘wait till I’m fit ‘ soundbites.
    I have a feeling he’s going to be match fit in time for the African cup on nations.!
    Loved the version of ‘last Christmas ‘ also!

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 10, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #16

    Sunlit? Sunlun ffs. Just want to add that the five minute stage applause for the young kid was immaculate. Times like this when rivalries can be put aside for one minute. We’ll done the Toon Army.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #17

    14Bobbybee

    Haven’t seen the match yet mate, Sunderland were poor from what I’ve heard, if it wasn’t for their keeper it would have been more.

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  • Budge123

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #18

    I think that’s the first time we’ve scored during the 17th min applause?
    Quite odd!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #19

    totally agree there with you Bobby, there’s more to life than footie when you read those stories.

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  • Bobbybee

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Budge, we were all saying that about the 17th minute around us. Suppose it had to happen eventually. Better version than Wham I thought marra! 🙂

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #21

    4-0 Leicester, Vardy Hat Trick,

    What a match.

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  • manxpie

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Hehe 4-0 how much did stones cost another massively over rated englishman

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Missing Aguero me thinks.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Make that 4-1.

    What a free kick.

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  • Jib

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Joe Hart is sitting in his luxury apartment in Turin watching this game on SkyItalia with a wry smile on his face ,
    😀

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  • ramajama

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #26

    Does anyone have video of the goals for overseas fans? Cheers

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  • TyneMouth

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #27

    Jib

    You are very presumptive. I posted a comment endorsing Essex Geordie Bill’s remark regarding two full-backs from the fifties.
    Turning back to your post of ‘my all time team’, I missed your qualifying statement; ‘restricted to players I saw in the flesh’ maybe it went missing with the statement; ‘do not dare reply to my precious post’.

    You should get out more…

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  • Ron Knee

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #28

    At least Citeh have kept plugging away.

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  • Jib

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #29

    ramajama

    All the championship highlights on here

    https://www.filmon.com/tv/channel-5

    9pm UK time about 99 minutes

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #30

    Tynemouth,
    Well done on the bingo today puts you on a very exclusive list. Unfortunately for the blog Jeff In Benwell, aka Jib is a tw@t so get used to it.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #31

    just got in
    My summing up – the best we have played at home all season – a complete performance
    Man of the Match – Anita – absolute brilliant didn’t put a foot wrong – defended well attacked well linked up wee and didn’t put one pass astr
    ray

    Only thing to moan about is ou twin central defenders had acres of space to carry the ball forward but always wanted to pass sideways or to Shelvey which resulted in Shelvey playing to deep

    merit marks

    Darlow – 7 did not have anything to do – one save when he had to get down smartly to save a shot that came through a forest of legs
    Dummet – 7 excellent in defence put in a couple of good tackles linked up well
    Lascalles – 7 excellent defensive duties but does not look comfortable on the ball
    Clark – 8 Another excellent defensive effort won most aerial balls came forward a couple of times with the ball – needs to do it more when opposition give you the space
    Anita – 9 brilliant in defence and attack tackle defended and never wasted the ball – involved in two of the goals – 5 star
    Shelvey – 8 always wanted the ball wasted it a couple of times but his work rate was second to none – bit petulant a couple of times.
    Diame – 8 best game in a TOON shirt especially first half – set up first goal with a great cross and the second when he tackled back to get the ball – carried the ball well – faded second half
    Goufran – 7 did the dirty work today tackled defend got up and down the pitching scored
    Hayden – 7 another who had a excellent game in central midfield
    Ritchie – 7 best game in a while for the TOON always involved like Goufran did a lot of the spade work
    Gayle – 8 great exhibition of goal poaching right place at the right time needs to be stronger on the ball at times
    Atsu 6 busy display nearly scored
    Mitrovich – excellent cameo performance and set Ats away with a exquisite pass
    Lazar – not on long enough but did well

    crowd – in great voice today and also the Brummies who had nothing much to shout about.
    Ref – better than last week mind that would not take much – again a bit pedantic at times blew up for silly fouls to many times

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  • Jib

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #32

    TyneMouth

    You waited 7 hours to repost that you sad freak

    You should take your own advice

    “You should get out more…”

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #33

    Bobbybee,
    Dwight Gayle rightly got a standing ovation when he came off but the fans were singing Mitro’s name while he was on two goals, I’ve pointed this out a few times over the season and Ando was shaking his head when he mentioned it earlier (I’m guessing he was shking his head by the tone of his voice). Why do you think the fans haven’t fully taken to Gayle despite his unbelievable goal tally.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #34

    Jeffery,
    How many old posts have you dragged up??? when someone else does it they are a sad pr!ck who needs to get out more!

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  • toon kk

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Great win today, and back to the top fabulous! !!!

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  • Small World

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #36

    Charlie in the Gallowgate // Dec 10, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Glad that somebody other than myself had Anita as man of the match. They all played well today, and it seems churlish not to make Gayle MOM, but Anita was immense.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #37

    bobbybee – revise my predictions – a bit.
    Wigan and Burton – as before.
    But the week following Burton – is scheduled for Shelveys racism remarks hearing.
    So that is before the Sheff Wednesday game. He might get banned for that game.
    Just have to wait and see I suppose.

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  • TyneMouth

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Jim

    I was out as it happens, watching a football match.
    You should try it sometime, it can be very instructive.
    Your attempt to insult was pathetic, and very childish, keep taking your medication…

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  • cyprus

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #39

    Thrilled at the result. Would’ve taken a draw but this gives a solid message: we don’t mess no more.

    Come on lads, keep it up.

    Gave MOM to Gayle on that hat trick, but Charlie, reading you afterward, I should have ticked Anita.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 10, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #40

    Ron Knee – ref Free – was that at the Mayfair in 68 – I saw them there.

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