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INTERVIEW: Blaine Rowe Under-23s Reaction

City took on Birmingham earlier this week...

21 January 2021

Sky Blues Under-23s defender, Blaine Rowe spoke of his disappointment after they suffered defeat to Birmingham City earlier this week.

The 23s travelled to Wast Hills to take on Birmingham and after going behind, they found a way back into the game through Josh Pask.

However, the hosts scored twice in the second half to put the game beyond the Sky Blues and condemn the 23s to defeat.

Reflecting on the performance following the full-time whistle, Rowe told how he believes the second goal after the break changed the aspect of the game.

“I thought it was a tough game, we started off quite poor, but we grew into the game in the first half and then second half we changed the formation and I thought we played well and worked hard, but nothing went our way, and we didn’t create enough chances.

“The second goal we conceded was a sloppy one for us, I think positionally we weren’t right, and we didn’t get back quick enough to prevent it from happening.

“I think that goal changed the game in terms of the momentum because it gave them a lift, but we still carried on fighting, we just couldn’t get back into it.”

This season Rowe has not only been involved with the 23s, but he has also tasted first team experiences during the course of the campaign.

Blaine was involved in pre-season fixtures back in August and has also been on the bench in the Championship over the last few months, something he has relished.

“It was a really good experience to be honest and the lads were really great and they welcomed me into the group and I enjoyed it and learnt a lot.

“It’s a lot different to the 23s, in terms of the pace and how quick your thought process has to be, because you have to know your pass before the ball comes to you and you just have to be on the ball.”

This season, Rowe has enjoyed an almost completely injury-free campaign for the first time in a long while.

Having missed the majority of the 2019/20 season with injury, the defender is delighted to be getting regular minutes under his belt.

“It feels great to be honest, I haven’t had a full season for almost three years, so to go injury free so far for most of the season has been prefect for me.”

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