Gary Rowett thinks the future is bright after Birmingham start new era with win

Gary Rowett thinks the future is bright after Birmingham start new era with win

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett thinks the future is bright for his side after they got a new era at St Andrew's off to a winning start.

Blues were taken over by Trillion Trophy Asia on Monday after protracted negotiations and they celebrated in style against Rotherham with a 4-2 victory, though they were far from their best.

Goals from Michael Morrison, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Jacques Maghoma and David Cotterill did it for Blues, with three of the goals coming from defensive blunders.

Rowett said: "I think it was important. It was amazing for the fans. I am sure it feels like a new era.

"As the manager it feels like we have got a little bit more continuity. We have felt the effects at the training ground and that has been important. I am really pleased with what we have got and moving forward it looks quite positive."

Things will definitely get tougher than this for Blues, who are unlikely to come up against such generous defending any time soon. The beleaguered Millers would have got somehting out of the game had it not been for calamity in their own box and Rowett knows it.

"I have got to be careful what I say, to say we didn't play well when we have just won 4-2, that would be disrespectful to the opposition manager," he added. "We played well in spells but I was really disappointed with some aspects of our game.

"As a team at times we didn't defend as well as we would like to. We scored goals at right times and that helped. We allowed them chances and on another night a different team would make that 3-3. We have got away with one tonight."

Rotherham are in dire straits, having lost their last six games, been defeated in all seven league away games this season, to the tune of 23 goals against, and they already sit six points off safety.

Boss Alan Stubbs knows where the problems lie, but he is having difficulty doing anything about them.

"I think it's like we have got half the team doing what we want them to and then half the team not doing what we want them to," he said. "That is the disappointing thing. We have contributed significantly to the game tonight, we have scored two good goals.

"It's so disappointing. I heard Mick McCarthy say the hardest thing in football is scoring goals, ours is the other way round. We can score goals but we can't defend. All we are asking the players to do is their own jobs.

"We need to score three or four goals to win a game and that is not acceptable.

"I am not worried about my position, I am more concerned with the players getting rewards for the good things they are doing. I want to turn this around as quickly as possible."