Since his arrival three weeks ago, Gary Rowett has made an impressive start at the helm for Birmingham City. With only one goal conceded in his first three games in charge, Blues fans are starting to believe that he is the right man to take the club forward.
It’s not like his first three games were easy wins per say anyway, the pressure was certainly on him to show up with a performance after the 8-0 thumping at home to Bournemouth the week prior.
However, his team gained a valuable point against a very good Wolves side away at Molineux, a fully sharp, man of the match Darren Randolph was more than once called upon by his team mates to keep his side in it and he did so accordingly.
Rowett’s first home game as Blues boss came with much anticipation with a decent size crowd in the region of 20,000 including away fans. Rowett’s team looked up for it straight from the off with an early goal from frontman Clayton Donaldson.
However, in typical fashion, the lead didn’t last long as Watford had equalised within minutes of the opener.
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As the game was nearing the 80-90 minute mark the roar of the fans got behind the players in a gasp to breathe some life into the team. In addition to the mentality of the fans, Rowett saw fit to risk the point and put two up front. It proved to be the right decision as striker Donaldson bagged himself another goal taking his tally up to five for the season.
The crowd kept singing right until full time, forever urging the ref to blow his whistle. When time was up Rowett and his men applauded the fans and looked glad to be home again after his two-year spell as a player back in the 90s.
The games come thick and fast in the championship with little rest bite, this was proved with another game the following Saturday at home again to Cardiff City, of whom Tom Adeyemi and Fredericho Mechada now play for after impressive campaigns with the Blues under Lee Clark last season.
Both teams had a goal disallowed and both produced a stalemate come the full 90 minutes, however, the only downside to his side’s performance was the late red card that was produced for Wes Thomas after an off pitch bust up with a Cardiff player. The blues managed to hold on for yet another valuable point.
How long will it last?
From a neutral perspective one might say that Rowett’s record as Blues boss is solid with a 100 per cent undefeated rate and only one goal conceded in three. The problem staring Blues fans in the face is that even after earning five points from their last three games both home and away they still find themselves just one from bottom of the Championship table, above none other than Lee Clark’s new project, Blackpool.
Rowett needs to build on this positive consistency and turn some of these points into wins if we are to avoid relegation again this season, of course not to take anything away from the Blues boss this season for what he has produced so far because his record is solid and his team’s performance levels have been high. He can only work with what he has got after all.
Every blues fan will be praying to keep up this positive consistency and to finally push on and kick start this season, so let’s get behind our team and let our voices be heard!
Keep Right On!