After a disappointing 0-1 defeat against bottom of the league Blackpool last week - and at the hands of former manager Lee Clark - there was every reason for Birmingham City to bounce back and showcase just what they are made of.
And that’s exactly what they did on Saturday with a five star performance against Nigel Adkins’ Reading at St Andrews.
Since the arrival of Gary Rowett there seems to be a buzz around the place and a new found drive to succeed. The new Blues boss has overseen an extended run of good form after going on an unbeaten run of six games before last week’s defeat to Blackpool and then bounce back to earn a 6-1 win at home to Reading the week after.
Birmingham put six goals past the Royals with the final result ending at 6-1, and what better statement to make after being beaten the week before. This just goes to show the character that Rowett has instilled in his players.
After the defeat to Blackpool, it was time for reflection and a perfect opportunity to dust themselves off and refocus picking up the points to move up the Championship table.
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It was a star performance all round for Rowett’s side and a special afternoon for Demarai Gray in particular having bagged himself his first senior hat-trick.
It was almost the ideal way to erase the 0-8 embarrassment just a month ago, nevertheless Birmingham have come on leaps and bounds after the appointment of Rowett and have a strong sense of togetherness and new found desire to win, which could be argued was lacking in Clark’s previous regime.
It was a good day all round for the players, the only downfall being the goal that was conceded, obviously – apart from that, it was an opportunity for players like Andrew Shinnie to open his account for the season, Paul Caddis to add one and David Cotterill to add one.
All of the Blues players seem to be in fine form and look as though they are enjoying life under the new manager. The fans are picking up on the good vibes around the place and are starting to really get behind their team which in turn is rubbing off on the players.
Long may the good form continue and KEEP RIGHT ON!