Paul Robinson explains why Birmingham were able to seal surprise 3-0 victory over promotion chasing Derby

The Blues were able to keep themselves in touch with the top six with an impressive victory.

Birmingham City defender Paul Robinson believes that the Blues were able to pull off a stunning 3-0 victory over Derby because of their team cohesion, the Birmingham Mail reports.

The veteran opened the scoring just before the hour-mark of the game at the iPro Stadium, before Stephen Gleeson and Maikel Kieftenbeld scored late on to seal the excellent win against the automatic promotion chasers. And Robinson explained why Gary Rowett's men were able to overcome one of the most impressive squads in the division.

"They have a talented group of players but sometimes you have to win games by not relying on the individual players, you've got to be a team," Robinson told the Mail.

"That's what this is all about. You've got to be prepared to put your body on the line for your team mates and if you don't that's what's happened on Saturday to Derby.

"There is the difference. We were a team and they were a team of individuals."

With Birmingham currently two points off the top six, the victory over the Rams - and the manner with which it came - is sure to give them plenty of belief heading into the business end of the season. 

It was the first time this season that the club have won against any of the sides that currently occupy the top seven places in the Championship, and with the two sides directly above them in the division - Ipswich and Sheffield Wednesday - ahead in their next three games, Rowett will be hoping that his team continues to pull together to pull off more fantastic results. 

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