Birmingham City midfielder Daniel Crowley believes Derby County were fortunate to beat his side on Saturday as the Rams ran out 3-2 winners at Pride Park, BluesTV report.
Goals from Chris Martin and Martyn Waghorn gave Derby a 2-0 lead, but Birmingham hit back twice in the space of six second-half minutes to draw the visitors level.
Birmingham then had the chance to lead from the penalty spot. However, Lukas Jutkiewicz saw his spot-kick saved before Jamie Paterson scored Derby’s winner on the break.
It was a topsy-turvy game with several mistakes from both sides. Speaking to BluesTV, Crowley felt his side deserved more in a match he feels the visitors dominated.
I think we showed massive balls to come back from 2-0. The goals were just so unlucky and it’s not like us. We were the much better team the whole game. We were so good going forward, everybody was involved and not to come away with three points is so disappointing.
Were Birmingham City the better side?
Birmingham dominated in terms of stats. Pep Clotet’s side took 17 shots compared to Derby’s seven, while the visitors also had nine corners to the Rams’ two.
But in the end, goals are what count and Derby were clinical when it mattered. Chris Martin, Martyn Waghorn and Jamie Paterson all took their finishes well.
The Rams deserve huge credit following the midweek incident which rocked the club. Manager Phillip Cocu was professional throughout, and the players coming in impressed.
Derby have certainly played better this season and not been rewarded with the three points. That is the nature of the Championship where there are no easy games.