Lee Bowyer felt the 4-1 scoreline in Birmingham City defeat to Fulham did not fully reflect his team’s part in an entertaining Championship encounter.
Blues ’ head coach believes his side deserved more than Troy Deeney’s penalty – and insisted that Denis Odoi’s opener should not have been allowed.
He also praised his players’ efforts as they created numerous chances and even hit the crossbar with the final action of the game.
“It was slightly harsh,” Bowyer said. “If you were watching it as a neutral on the side I would like to think you would think that scoreline was a little bit harsh.
“The first 45 minutes my group of lads never really did much wrong. They scored from a set piece which should have been cancelled out, Bela gets fouled off the ball and the man he was marking goes and scores.
“It’s a routine they have done but it’s a foul, we have been penalised for that this season. Then they get that one and then obviously the penalty
“Taking the goals away I think we were just as good as them for the first 20 minutes – before they scored we were on the front foot, looked like causing them more problems, getting into great areas, winning the ball back in good areas – a little bit of quality lacked in the final third for us and I think that was just the difference on the night.
“They were more clinical. More quality that what we had in the final third but my players’ work rate, hunger, passion, fight, I can’t fault them.
“They kept going to the end. We could easily have just rolled over but they kept going and going and creating chance after chance in that second half. In the last 20 minutes I don’t know how many chances we had.
“We hit the woodwork, the ‘keeper made 2-3 great saves. It could have been a 4-4 game I think. You could just tell the little bit of difference in quality in that final third. But there are a lot of positives to take from tonight.”
Bowyer insisted he was right to keep his wing backs pushed upfield, even though it put pressure on his three-man defence against a team with attackers of the quality of Harry Wilson and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
“Yes because if you just sit back against a team like Fulham you are going to lose anyway. If you just let them play and move the ball they are going to hurt you and they are going to win the game.
“You might as well try and win the ball back high and try and win the game ourselves. On another day we might have done.”