Gary Rowett responds to ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’ fury at Birmingham City players

Gary Rowett understands the anger of Birmingham City’s supporters after they turned on the players following the 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town.

For the second week in a row, Blues failed to beat one of the two teams beneath them in the Championship table and are now on the brink of relegation to League One. Blues have to beat Norwich City next week and hope for a favour or two from elsewhere.

Fans in the away end at the John Smith’s Stadium vented their fury at the Blues players on their approach at full-time. Chants of ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’ were heard loud and clear.

“I understand it,” said interim boss Rowett, who has taken eight points from his seven games in charge. “I see the fans follow us in great numbers, in great voice, for great expense.

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“At this stage of the season, they see other teams winning games of football and there’s an expectation when you’re playing the two teams around us that you go and win one of the games.

“We deserve to be where we are and that’s really simple at this stage of the season. Our away form has been incredibly poor all season. You have to show a much better mentality away from home.”

Blues took the lead against Huddersfield in the closing stages of the first half through Koji Miyoshi but they were pegged back inside two minutes of the second period. Jack Rudoni found space down Huddersfield’s right and pulled the ball back for Rhys Healey to score.

Rowett added: “We are down the bottom like Rotherham and Huddersfield so we have no right to win any of these games but I thought we got ourselves into a great position, when you put yourself 1-0 up going into half-time and we were pretty solid. Huddersfield are quite a direct team, they play into (Danny) Ward and play off him and they are strong on set pieces.

“To go 1-0 up, I thought we were pretty strong. We spoke at half-time about the way we press and the way we want to get that defensive structure and after two minutes we make a mistake and let people run off us. It’s a good run and cut-back from Rudoni and a good finish but we can’t allow people to get into those positions so easily.

“That was the disappointment, you haven’t even got 15 or 20 minutes in to make Huddersfield feel on edge and make them feel like they have to start to push forward. We handed over the lead in my opinion.”

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