Birmingham boss Gary Rowett claims former Leeds target Clayton Donaldson wanted to prove point at Elland Road

Birmingham's Clayton Donaldson

The Blues claimed their first win of the Championship season against Garry Monk's men.

Birmingham's Clayton DonaldsonBirmingham's Clayton Donaldson

Gary Rowett has told the Birmingham Mail that Clayton Donaldson's desire to prove a point to Leeds United was a key reason behind his excellent performance during Birmingham City's win over the Whites at Elland Road.

The Mail reports that the 31-year-old was on United's radar last summer when Uwe Rosler was at the helm.

Leeds' Sol Bamba and Birmingham's Clayton Donaldson in actionDonaldson in action against Leeds last season

And while the report does not explain why a move failed to materialise, Rowett suggested that the Jamaica international's display in the 2-1 win was fuelled by the interest that was shown in him last year.

"I think Leeds tried to sign him last summer so there's always a little bit in there that wants to do well," he told the Mail.

"As a lone striker he takes an awful lot of punishment.

Birmingham manager Gary RowettBirmingham manager Gary Rowett

"He's always willing to run into space which, for a counter attacking team like us, is very important."

Though Donaldson failed to get on the scoresheet, his performance proved invaluable in helping the Blues get their first victory of the campaign.

Birmingham's Clayton Donaldson celebrates scoring their first goal

And while the fact that the Leeds management has changed a couple more times since Rosler was appointed, and thus, it is highly possible that he has not been on the radar of either of the two head coaches that have followed the German, he would have still wanted to prove what he could do.

He may have been driven by wanting to show Leeds that they were wrong not to back up their interest with a bid last summer, and that they have been wrong not to show any interest since Rosler was replaced.

But regardless of his true motivation, Rowett will be delighted with his effort in the win and will now be hoping that he continues that form for many games to come.

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