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Gary Rowett pleased with Birmingham City progress

23 April 2015

Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett says he is pleased with the progress made since his appointment, after a 1-0 victory against Reading on Wednesday.

Clayton Donaldson scored the only goal of the game, and that gave Rowett's side their first away win of 2015, at the 10th attempt. Despite their recent poor run on the road, the three points lifted the Blues up to 13th in the Sky Bet Championship.

And that's a vast improvement from where they sat when Rowett took over in late October – the St Andrew's outfit were 23rd in the division after suffering a record 8-0 home defeat against Bournemouth.

The former Burton Albion boss told “We’ve spoke about the progress since we’ve come in, as where the players performances have put them in the league and in terms of the average points per game, we are really, really pleased with.

“We have also spoke about our own little targets, I don’t know whether it’s still possible, but we felt as though we still got a chance of getting in the top 10, if we finish the last few games strongly, I think that's got to be a real aim.

“I know people are saying, 'you don’t want to raise expectations for next year' - that’s exactly what we want to do. We want to finish as strongly as we can.

‘I think the number of points we’ve got, on top of the teams that are down by the bottom, we’ve took nearly double the points as some of those teams in the last 29 games which I think is a real fantastic achievement for this side."

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