Reaction: Blues 1 Burnley 2

I was really enthused by today’s performance.

Gary Rowett
Gary Rowett’s overall assessment of his side’s display…
“I thought we were fantastic today.
“I thought it was a really strong performance at a difficult point of the season, when you know that Burnley are an excellent side.
“We started the game really well, on the front foot, won lots of second balls and moved the ball well, showed good discipline. I’m very, very pleased.”

Gary Rowett on the fine margins between success and failure…
“It’s a game of small margins. Jacques (Maghoma) has a really good chance early on when he probably should do better.
“He nearly gets his head kicked off in the penalty box after four minutes, which for me is a blatant penalty – I’ve looked at it again a number of times and I don’t know how the referee doesn’t see it.
“After that we were really good. We conceded a poor goal from our point of view. We get into a good position but Mikael (Kieftenbeld) doesn’t quite get enough on his clearance.
“You make mistakes against Burnley and they’re excellent and punishing it, they’re a tough side to play against.
“We came out in the second-half, again on the front foot.
“If you look at a Burnley side that are probably going to get promoted, I thought we were better than them today.
“But they manage to get results in games that perhaps they don’t play as well in. That’s a skill in itself and you have to take your hat off to them.
“We then look like we’re going to win the game. Groundsy (Jonathan Grounds) hits the bar. Clayton (Donaldson) gets into a fantastic position, I think he thinks he’s offside and he’s a little bit wasteful with a touch and ends up spurning a chance, and again should do better.
“We’ve chased it and kept going and we’ve conceded a really, really poor goal.
“Again with small margins, we’ve forced a lad wide, two players are out there and we’ve got to stop the cross and we allow the ball to come in.
“The last person you want it to fall to is Andre Gray and he finishes it off. One chance – I think that’s the only chance he had all game.
“That’s the difference, he’s cost a lot of money and that’s what he’s paid to do.
“That’s something we’ve not done is be clinical enough when we’ve played well.
“It’s a difficult stage of the season. We know we can’t get into the play-offs, so it’s hard when you’ve put that much effort in to keep going mentally and physically.
“But I was really enthused by today’s performance. It was a really positive performance to take forward.”

Gary Rowett on the late sending off of Jon Toral for a second yellow card after a tackle on Lloyd Dyer…
“Lloyd’s come off and said he’s not touched him.
“The referee’s said to me that he thought he was going into an advantageous position.
“That’s got nothing to do with it. If he hasn’t touched him, it makes no difference.
“Jon catches Joey Barton earlier on but I don’t think it was a malicious tackle. I think he (Barton) made a bit of it and we end up getting a yellow straightaway.
 “But for him to get sent off for that (the tackle on Dyer) I think is poor refereeing, it’s as simple as that.
“And at the minute, little decisions in games are not quite going for us.
“But we’re really positive moving forward. We still think we’ve made a lot progress in many ways this season so far and we’ve still got four games left to finish it off.”