Gary Rowett left disappointed as Birmingham miss opportunity to bag three points against Nottingham Forest

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The Blues were unable to seal a win despite their opponents going down to 10 men in the latter stages of the clash.

Gary Rowett was left feeling slightly deflated as Birmingham City could only draw with Nottingham Forest, despite playing the final minutes of the Championship clash at the City Ground with a numerical advantage, the Birmingham Mail reports.

Jon Toral's opener for the away side was swiftly cancelled out by Forest defender Matt Mills, before David Vaughan was sent off with 16 minutes to go following a high challenge on Blues striker Clayton Donaldson. And Rowett believes that if his side had more composure in attacking areas, they would have gone on to win the game.

"It was a fairly evenish game but I just feel there were moments when we should have capitalised with a little bit more quality and a bit more belief in the final third and we would have gone on to win the game," he told the Mail.

Despite Rowett's belief that the Blues should have won the game, it was Forest that managed more attempts, though both managed to put four on target (via BBC Sport).

Rowett's disappointment is understandable, a victory against Dougie Freedman's men would have kept the Midlands side within two points of the top six, and would have seen the club maintain their momentum. Going into the game, they had won their previous two league fixtures, and were close to knocking Premier League side Bournemouth out of the FA Cup. 

However, the draw arguably saw a repeat of the same problems that have prevented the club moving even further up the table for much of the campaign. The club's top goalscorers - Toral and Donaldson - have just five strikes each, and no side in the top eight have fewer goals than the Blues this term.

And it was perhaps that same lack of end product that denied Rowett's men from sealing an important win.  

 

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