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Rowett makes case for defence.

BIRMINGHAM City manager Gary Rowett praised his team's effort for withstanding Norwich City's 'embarrassment of riches' at the end of a demanding week.

Blues played out a second 0-0 draw in five days, following Tuesday's stalemate at Hillsborough, and turned in a performance that was dogged rather than scintillating.

Neither side created many clear-cut opportunities but while he admitted his team weren't at their counter-attacking best Rowett found positives in another solid defensive display.

"It's nice that we are disappointed we haven't shown as much quality and end up getting a 0-0 against a Norwich side that have got the embarrassment of riches of being able to bring [Gary] Hooper and Cameron Jerome off the bench," he said.

"We certainly wouldn't mind one or two of those options.

"Driving into the stadium this morning, there was part of me that felt the game would be very difficult because Norwich would offer a different attacking threat and perhaps more threat than some of the other teams.

"To take the point and a clean sheet I am not overly disappointed.

"It was a very tight affair, there certainly wasn't as much quality on show as everyone would have liked.

"They showed us a little bit of a compliment in changing the way they set up with 4-3-3 rather than 4-4-2 - which they have been in recent weeks, sitting (Alex) Tettey in front of the back four to block up any spaces.

"That had a big effect on the game. It was very difficult for us to get into the areas we would like to, there wasn't a lot of space on the pitch."

Rowett also confirmed his intention to add a couple of players before the transfer window closes tomorrow night. "There's serious stuff happening but I think the difficulty at the moment is everyone seems to want to wait until the last minute," he said.

"Whilst there's a lot of interest in a lot of players to get definitive answers off some of those players is always hard.

"It's a competitive league, there are lots of teams in this league that can perhaps stretch a little bit more financially so it's always difficult to pin those players down. What we have showed is we have got quite a few options. We need to strengthen defensively but at the same time it might be that we don't necessarily need someone who is going to go imminently into the team."


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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Feb 1, 2015
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