Instant Reactions - Birmingham v QPR (16/12/17)
Following today's clash between Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers, here are the instant reactions from both managers.
Birmingham City hosted Queens Park Rangers at St Andrew's Stadium on Saturday December 16 and the visitors took a two one victory.
Jack Robinson opened the scoring for QPR in the 17th minute, but Birmingham fought back and equalised through Sam Gallagher just ahead of the hour mark. Robinson popped up within the final ten minutes of the match to secure his brace and all three points however.
The result leaves Birmingham in last place in the Championship table, with QPR now sitting in 18th place and opening a gap on the dropzone.
On a statistics front, Robinson ended a wait of seven and a half years for a goal in professional football, and QPR ended a run of 17 matches away from Loftus Road without a win - stretching back to February where they won four one at St Andrew's also.
Stockdale, Colin, Morrison, Dean, Grounds, Davis (Maghoma 75), Gardner, Kieftenbeld, Jota (Jutkiewicz 87), Gallagher, Boga.
Nsue, Bramall, Ndoye, Trueman, Gleeson.
Smithies, Baptiste, Onuoha, Robinson, Wszolek, Scowen, Luongo, Freeman (Hall 88), Bidwell, Washington (Osayi-Samuel 84), Smith (Sylla 75).
Cousins, Lumley, Chair, Wheeler.
Speaking to the BBC's cameras a short time after match day referee Mike Jones blew the final whistle, Birmingham City manager Steve Cotterill explained.
'We now have to work harder to get out of trouble. Some of the problems we had last season we still have. There is no quick fix to this situation. It is not all about adding new players as the current players are burdened with the problem. I cannot fault their efforts. I do not think we deserved to lose. We deservedly got the equaliser and I thought we were going to go on and win the game as they were on the back foot.'
QPR manager Ian Holloway in his comparative interview explained.
'We had to show character and believe in what we were doing. The first goal was vital, but what pleased me was the way we hit back after Birmingham equalised. We have had so many defensive injuries it has been extremely difficult. This was an immense result and I was pleased how it was achieved. The away win has been a long time coming, but we have had to shake it off. This division is frightening as there are teams who have gone eight games without a win.'