Gary Rowett names player who impressed him in Birmingham's opening day draw with Cardiff

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett

The Blues opened their Championship campaign with a goalless draw.

Middlesbrough's Jordan Rhodes in action with Birmingham's Ryan ShottonBirmingham's Ryan Shotton in action last season

Gary Rowett has told the Birmingham Mail that he was impressed by Ryan Shotton's performance in Birmingham City's draw with Cardiff City on the opening day of the new Championship season.

The Blues kicked off their campaign with a goalless draw against the Bluebirds at St Andrew's. And in an honest assessment of the game, Rowett has admitted that his side did not do enough to deserve the three points, but he did praise Shotton's performance.

Birmingham manager Gary RowettBirmingham manager Gary Rowett

"It was probably the right result on the overall reflection of the game if I'm being neutral," he told the Birmingham Mail.

"I don't think we deserved to win the game, but I don't think we deserved to lose.

"A clean sheet was really positive.

"I thought [Ryan] Shotton was really strong and played really well."

Birmingham’s Ryan Shotton and Burnley’s Ashley Barnes in action

With Cardiff being one of the teams that Birmingham were often jostling with just outside the top six last season, Rowett will be encouraged by the result as it hints that they could be somewhere near that position in the table once again.

And with few new signings through the door at the Midlands club during this window, Rowett will also be pleased with Shotton's display.

The 27-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan with the side before his switch was made permanent in the summer after an impressive spell, and the manager will be delighted that the defender has not taken his foot off the pedal now he has earned the move as it should help inspire his teammates to also maintain a high level. 

General view of St Andrews stadium

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